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MEN OF` CANADA.   14:j

THE REV. GEORGE A. MITCHELL, B. A., pastor of Zion Tabernacle, Hamilton, Out., was born in North Toronto, January 3ist, 1841. James Mitchell, his father, came from the North of Ireland in 1832. His mother was a daughter of the late Jacob Snider, a L'.E. Loyalist of German descent. Rev. Dr. Scadding, in his volume " Toronto of Old," refers to the subject of our sketch and his brother, William J., and says they " were to be seen twice every day, at all sea-sons, traversing the distance betweeit Lglington and Toronto, rising early and late taking rest, in order to be punctually present at, and carefully ready for, class-room or lecture-room in town, and this process was persevered in for the lengthened period required for a succession of curriculums." Both brothers ranked high among the prize men at Upper Canada College.

George matriculated with honors in mathematics at Toronto University, and devoted himself to the course in metaphysics and modern languages, and graduated with honors in the latter department in 1867. At the age of sixteen he was converted and entered the ministry of the \V'eslevan Methodist Church in 1865. Previous to ordination he was stationed at Clinton, Cooksville, Sarnia and Chatham ; after ordination he labored successively at Petrolia, Kincardine, Win gham, Exeter, Harriston, Niagara Falls South, Tilsonburg and Hamilton. As a pastor and an organizer of the elements of the

church into peaceful and united action, as a patient and persevering worker with children and young people, and as an earnest and practical preacher, securing increased numbers, stability and spirituality in his various charges, he has few superiors. He has held prominent positions in temperance work, is one of the board of examiners for Niagara Conference, also local examiner for the American Institute of Sacred Literature. He has also filled the offices of district chairman, secretary of Niagara Conference, general president of the Theological Union, and delegate to the General Conference.


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