George, an American clergyman, born in Middlefield, N. Y., Aug. 8, 1797. He united with the Genesee conference of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1816, and in 1824 was appointed presiding elder of the Susquehanna district. He was principal of the Oneida conference seminary from 1835 to 1840, when he was elected editor of the " Quarterly Keview " and of the books of the general catalogue of the Methodist book concern; and he was editor of the " Christian Advocate and Journal" from 1848 to 1852. From 1858 to 1872 he was a presiding elder in the Wyoming conference. He was for 57 years an effective preacher, has been a member of every general conference since 1824, is high authority in the ecclesiastical law of his church, and was a member of the evangelical alliance in London in 1846. He now (1875) resides in Scranton, Pa. He has published " Universalism not of the Bible;" " Rule of Faith" (1844); "History of the Apostles and Evangelists;" "Christian Perfection;" " Reply to Dr. Bascom on Slavery;" " Manly Character: Lectures to Young Men" (1853); "Wyoming, its History and Incidents" (1858); "Early Methodism within the Bounds of the Genesee Conference " (1860); " Our Country, its Trial and its Triumph" (1865); and " The Life and Times of George Peck, D. D., written by Himself " (1874).
Jesse Trnesdell, an American clergyman, brother of the preceding, born in Middlefield, N. Y., Aug. 14, 1811. He was licensed as a local preacher in 1829, and in 1832 joined the Oneida conference. From 1837 to 1841 he was principal of the Gouverneur Wesleyan seminary, and from 1841 to 1848 of the Troy conference academy at West Poultney, Vt. From 1848 to 1852 he was president of Dickinson college, and was afterward pastor of the Foundry church, Washington, D. C, till 1854, when he was appointed secretary and editor of the tract society of the Methodist Episcopal church. After a pastoral term in the Green street church, New York, he was transferred to California, where he labored eight years as pastor and presiding elder. After his return to the east he was pastor in Peekskill, Albany, and Syracuse, 1ST. Y., till 1872, when he was elected bishop. He was one of the founders and first president of the board of trustees of Syracuse university, and now (1875) resides in Syracuse. He has been five times a member of the general conference, and a fraternal delegate to the Canadian and East British conferences.
He has published "The Central Idea of Christianity;" "The True Woman, or Life and Happiness at Home and Abroad " (1857); "What must I do to be Saved?" (1858); and "The History of the Great Republic, considered from a Christian Standpoint" (1868).