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CROES, John, P. E. bishop, born in Elizabeth-town, New Jersey, 1 June 1762; died in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 26 July 1832. His early years were occupied partly in mechanical pursuits and partly in efforts to acquire a classical education. During the Revolution he served as a sergeant and quartermaster, and after the war he opened a school in Newark, New Jersey, and studied for the ministry of the Episcopal Church. He was ordained deacon by Bishop White in Philadelphia, 28 February 1790, and priest in March 1792. He then became rector of Trinity Church, Swedesborough, New Jersey, which place he held for twelve years. He was uniformly active and zealous in the service of the Church, in both diocesan and general conventions. Dr. Croes became rector of Christ Church, New Brunswick, in 1801, having in charge also a neighboring Church and an academy. He was elected bishop of New Jersey in the summer, and consecrated in Philadelphia, 19 November 1815. During the remMnder of his life he gave himself to the duties of his high office with conscientious devotion and fidelity. Bishop Croes published a few sermons and addresses.
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