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date: 09 December 2019

Gale, George Washingtonlocked

(03 December 1789–13 September 1861)
  • Milton C. Sernett


Gale, George Washington (03 December 1789–13 September 1861), Presbyterian clergyman and educator, was born at Stanford, Dutchess County, New York, the son of Josiah Gale, a farmer, and Rachel Mead. Gale’s mother died in 1797, and his father died in 1798. Until 1808, when he went to Middlebury Academy in Middlebury, Vermont, Gale lived with several of his older sisters and spent short terms teaching common school. He entered the junior class of Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1812 and graduated in 1814. Gale studied theology at Princeton Seminary, beginning in late fall 1814. In 1816 he received a ministerial license from the Hudson Presbytery and began preaching in several small churches in Dutchess County, New York. In 1817 he went to Schenectady to study theology privately. Gale worked for six months on behalf of the Female Missionary Society of Western New York but went back to Princeton in 1818. He left without graduating in 1819 when he received an invitation to preach from Presbyterians at Adams, Jefferson County, New York. Gale was ordained and installed as the minister of the Presbyterian Church of Adams on 27 October 1819. Gale married Harriet Selden in 1820. Due to poor health, Gale announced his resignation in 1823 and left Adams in 1824. While at Adams, Gale had given theological instruction to ...

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