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KEENER, John Christian, M. E. bishop, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 7 February, 1819. He was graduated at Wesleyan university in 1835, and engaged in business in Baltimore till 1841, when he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was stationed at various places in Alabama till 1853, when he went to New Orleans, and was presiding elder of that district in 1858 and 1860. In 1861-'4 he was superintendent of chaplains in the Confederate army west of Mississippi river, and in 1865-'70 he was again presiding elder, and also edited the "New Orleans Christian Advocate." he was elected a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church, south, in 1870, and in 1873 founded a mission in Mexico. He received the degree of D. D. in 1854 and that of LL. D. in 1880. He has published "The Post Oak Circuit" (Nashville, Tennessee, 1857).
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