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PETERKIN, George William, P. E. bishop, born in Clear Spring, Washington County, Maryland, 21 March, 1841. He studied at the University of Virginia in 1858-'9, enlisted as a private in the Confederate army in April, 1861, was commissioned 2d lieutenant in April, 1862, and appointed adjutant of his regiment in May, 1862, serving until he was paroled at Appomattox Court-House, 10 April, 1865. He then entered the Theological seminary of Virginia, at Alexandria, and was graduated in June, 1868. He was ordained deacon in the chapel of the seminary, 24 June, 1868, by Bishop Johns, and priest in the same place, 25 June, 1869, by Bishop Whittle. He passed his diaconate as assistant to his father, the Reverend Joshua Peterkin, D. D., rector of St. James's church, Richmond, Virginia. In June, 1869, he became rector of St. Stephen's church, Culpepper, Virginia, which post he held for four years. In 1.873 he accepted the rectorship of the Memorial church, Baltimore, Maryland He received the degree of D. D. from Kenyon college, Ohio, in 1878, and from Washington and Lee University, Virginia, the same year. When the diocese of West Virginia was organized in 1877 he was elected to be its first bishop, and was consecrated in St. Matthew's church, Wheeling, Virginia, 30 May, 1878. Bishop Peterkin has published several occasional sermons, addresses at the church congress and elsewhere, and has contributed freely to religious magazines and journals.
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