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BEDELL, Gregory Thurston, P. E. bishop, born in Hudson, New York, 17 August 1817. His father was an eminent clergyman in Philadelphia, and an author of much reputation. At the age of nine years the son entered Rev. Dr. Muhlenberg's school at Flushing, L. I., remaining until he was seventeen under the guidance of that instructor, He was graduated at Bristol College, Pennsylvania, in 1836, and at the Virginia theological seminary in 1840. He was ordained deacon, 19 July 1840, and priest in August 1841. He became rector of Trinity Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1841, and in 1843 was called to the rectorship of the Church of the Ascension, New York city. While there he was elected assistant bishop of Ohio, and was consecrated 13 October 1859, in St. Paul's Church, Richmond, Virginia On the death of Bishop McIlvaine, in 1873, he became bishop of the diocese. The year following he gave his consent to the division of his extensive jurisdiction, and the diocese of southern Ohio was formed and a bishop chosen for it in 1875. His ecclesiastical position is that of the American evangelicals, McIlvaine, Tyng, Eastburn, and others. Bishop Bedell has published numerous sermons and addresses, and also "Renunciation" (a work of his father's, with additions) ; "The Pastor," a manual on pastoral theology (1880); a "Memorial of Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Tyng" (New York, 1866); and "Centenary of the American Episcopate" (London, 1884).
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