George Eliot. See Lewes, Marian Evans.
George Ellis, an English author, born in 1745, died in April, 1815. He commenced his literary career as a writer of political satires, and became favorably known as a contributor to the "Rolliad," and subsequently to the " Anti-Jacobin." The study of early English literature, however, occupied his leisure hours, and in 1790 he produced "Specimens of Ancient English Poetry," of which enlarged editions appeared in 1801 and 1811. A companion work, " Specimens of Ancient English Romances," appeared in 1805 (3 vols. 8vo), and has been republished in Bonn's " Antiquarian Library" (London, 1848).
George Elphinstone. See Keith.
George Everard Bibek, an English clergyman and author, born in Germany in 1801. He received his degree as doctor of philosophy in Tubingen and of doctor of divinity in Got-tingen, became connected with Pestalozzi's schools at Yverdun, Switzerland, and published Beitragtur Biographie Heinrich Pestalozzi's (St. Gall, 1827). About this period he took up his residence in England, in 1839 became a naturalized British subject, and since 1842 has been curate of Roehampton, Surrey. He has taken an active part in many church movements, edited for several years the "John Bull," and contributed much to the "English Review" and other periodicals. His many publications include "The Standard of Catholicity" (1840); " Sermons Occasional and for Saints' Days" (1846); "Bishop Blomfield and his limes" (1857); and two essays (1870) entitled "The Value of the Established Church to the Nation "and "Robbing Churches is Robbing God."
George Foster Pierce, a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, born in Greene co., Ga., Feb. 3, 1811. He graduated at Franklin college in 1829, and began to study law, but entered the Georgia conference at Macon in 1830. With the exception of the year 1834, during which he was stationed in Charleston, S. C, he labored in the regular ministry in his native state till 1838-'9, when he became first president of the Georgia female (now Wesley-an) college in Macon. While here he edited jointly with P. Pendleton the " Southern Lady's Book." In 1848 he was elected president of Emory college, Ga., and continued in that office until his election to the episcopacy at the general conference in Columbus, Ga., in 1854. His present residence (1875) is at Sparta, Ga. He is the author of " Incidents of Western Travel," edited by T. O. Summers (1857).
George Frederick Watts, an English painter, born in London in 1820. His cartoon of "Caractacus" obtained a first class prize at the Westminster hall competition in 1843, and his colossal oil pictures, " Echo " and " Alfred inciting the Saxons to Maritime Enterprise," received a prize of £500, and were purchased for the new houses of parliament. He has also painted for that edifice "St. George overcoming the Dragon," and in 1861 he completed in Lincoln's Inn hall a large design in fresco representing the great lawgivers of all races and times. He was made an associate of the royal academy in 1867. Of late he has confined himself principally to portrait painting.