Osmon Clcander Bakek, D. D., an American clergyman, bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church, born in Marlow, N. H., July 30, 1812, died Dec. 20, 1871. At the age of 15 he entered Wilbraham academy, and in 1830 went to the Wesleyan university, Middletown, Conn., where he studied three years, receiving a degree, although bad health prevented him from finishing the usual studies. In 1834 he was appointed teacher in Newbury seminary, Vt., and in 1839 became its principal. This position he occupied till 1844, when he entered the work of the pastorate. In 1847 he was elected to a chair in theology in the Methodist general Biblical institute at Concord, N. II., since become the school of theology of the Boston university. Subsequently he was chosen president of this institution, where he remained till 1852, when he was elected bishop. His chief labors were in behalf of theological education. Among other writings, he was the author of a commentary on the ecclesiastical law and polity of the Methodist Episcopal church.