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BOONE, Thomas, colonial governor of New Jersey and South Carolina. He was appointed governor of New Jersey in 1760, was succeeded by Thomas Hardy the following year, and was appointed governor of South Carolina in 1762. He incensed the people of that colony by interfering with the elective franchise, claiming the exclusive right to administer the oath, and assuming the power to reject members whom the house had declared to be regularly elected. The representatives in the legislature, led by Laurens, Gadsden, Lynch, Pinckney, and the Rutledges, refused to hold any intercourse with him. In 1763 he was superseded by William Bull. BOONE, William Jones, P. E. bishop, born in Walterborough, South Carolina, 1 July 1811; died in Shanghai, China, 17 July 1864. He was graduated at the College of South Carolina in 1829, studied law with Chancellor De Saussure, and admitted to the bar in 1833; but soon afterward went to the theological seminary of Virginia to prepare for orders. Intending to devote himself to missionary life and work, he went through a course of medical study, and received the degree of M. died from the South Carolina medical College. He was ordained deacon in Charleston, South Carolina, 18 September 1836, and priest the year following. Dr. Boone was appointed missionary to China, and sailed for that country in July 1837. In 1844 he was elected missionary bishop to China, the first one appointed by the American Protestant Episcopal Church, and was consecrated in Philadelphia, 25 October 1844. At the close of the year he returned and spent the last twenty years of his life at his post of duty, excepting two visits to the United States, in 1852 and 1857, for the benefit of his health. He returned to the east from his last visit to the United States in December 1859, and occupied himself with the new mission in Japan. Bishop Boone was noted for scholarship in the Chinese language and literature, and did eminent service in securing an accurate version of the Holy Scriptures and of the Prayer-Book into that difficult tongue. He began his translation of the Prayer-Book in 1846, and in 1847 was appointed one of the committee of delegates from the several missions to recast the translation of the Bible, a work on which he was already engaged.*His son, William Jones, P. E. bishop, born in Shanghai in 1847, obtained his early education from members of the China mission, after which he came to the United States, and was graduated at Princeton in 1865. He studied theology at the divinity school in Philadelphia, spent two years in the Alexandria seminary, and then went abroad for a year of further study. He was appointed missionary to China in 1869, and reached Shanghai in January 1870. He was ordained deacon in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1868, and priest in the English Church, at Hankow, China, in 1870. Having been appointed missionary bishop, he was consecrated in Shanghai, 28 October 1884, by Bishop Williams, of Yedo, and Bishops Moule and Scott English missionary bishops in China.
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