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CRANE, Jonathan Townley, clergyman, born in Connecticut Farms, near Elizabeth. New Jersey, 18 June 1819; died in Port Jervis, New York, 16 February 1880. He was graduated at Princeton in 1843 in 1844 was licensed to preach, and was admitted to the New Jersey annual conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1845. In 1846 he was stationed as pastor at Hope, Warren County, New Jersey, and in 1847 at Belvidere in the same state. In 1848-'9 he preached at Orange, New Jersey, and in June 1849, was elected president of the Conference seminary at Penning-ton, New Jersey, which office he resigned in 1858 to assume the pastorate of Trinity Church, Jersey City. In 1868-'72 he was presiding elder of the Newark, New Jersey, district. Dr. Crane was a delegate to the genera1 conferences of 1860, 1864, 1868, and 1872. He was an able preacher, contributed largely to the periodical literature of his Church, and published "Essay on Dancing " (1848); "The Right Way, or Practical Lectures on the Decalogue" (1853); "Popular Amusements" (1869); "Arts of Intoxication" (1870); "Holiness the Birthright of all God's Children" (1874); and ":Methodism and its Methods" (i875).
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