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RULISON, Nelson Somerville, P.E. bishop, born in Carthage, Jefferson County, New York, 24 April, 1842. His early education and training were obtained at home and at the Wesleyan academy, Gouverneur, New York lie entered the Episcopal general theological seminary, New York city, was graduated in 1866, and ordained deacon in Grace church, Utica, New York, 27 May, 1866, by Bishop Coxe, and priest, in the Church of the Annunciation, New York city, 30 November, 1866, by Bishop Horatio Potter. The first year of his ministry he served as assistant minister in the Church of the Annunciation, New York city. In 1867 he became rector of Zion church, Morris, New York Three years later he went to Jersey City, founded and built St. John's free church, and labored there for nearly seven years. He accepted a call to St. Paul's church, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1876, and held that post for eight years. He received the degree of D.D. from Kenyon college, Ohio, in 1879, was clerical deputy from Ohio in the general conventions of 1880 and 1883, and president of the standing committee of the diocese of Ohio for six years. He was elected assistant bishop of central Pennsylvania in the summer of 1884, and was consecrated in St. Paul's church, Cleveland, 28 October, 1884. Bishop Rulison has published several sermons that he has preached on special occasions, and contributed freely to current religious literature in verse as well as prose. He wrote also a "History of St. Paul's Church, Cleveland, Ohio" (Cleveland, 1877).
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