May 27, 1799, Tren­ton, New Jer­sey. He was named af­ter Am­er­i­can pre­si­dent George Wash­ing­ton (he was born the year Wash­ing­ton died).

Ap­ril, 1859, Bur­ling­ton, New Jer­sey.

St. Ma­ry’s Epis­co­pal Church, Bur­ling­ton, New Jer­sey.


After gra­du­at­ing from Un­ion Col­lege (BA 1818), he stu­died law for a while in New York Ci­ty, but soon be­came in­ter­est­ed in the­ol­o­gy.

In 1821, he was or­dained a dea­con and be­came as­sist­ant rec­tor at Tri­ni­ty Church in New York, where he was or­dained a priest two years lat­er.

He went on to be­come pro­fess­or of rhe­to­ric and belles-lettres at Tri­ni­ty Col­lege, Hart­ford, Con­nec­ti­cut; as­sist­ant rec­tor at Tri­ni­ty Church, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts (1828), and rec­tor (1830) (hym­nist Phill­ips Brooks was pas­tor there lat­er); and Epis­co­pal bi­shop of New Jer­sey (1832).

Doane also helped found Bur­ling­ton Col­lege and St. Ma­ry’s Hall Doane Acad­e­my in Bur­ling­ton, New Jersey.

His works in­clude:

  1. Belovèd, It Is Well!
  2. Brightness of the Fa­ther’s Glo­ry
  3. Broken-Heart­ed, Weep No More
  4. Child That Kneel­est Meek­ly Here
  5. Father of Mer­cies, Hear
  6. Fling Out the Ban­ner
  7. Grant Me, Lord, Thy Grac­es Three
  8. He Came Not with His Hea­ven­ly Crown
  9. Lift Not Thou the Wail­ing Voice
  10. Lord, Should We Leave Thy Hallow­ed Feet
  11. Once More, O Lord, Thy Sign
  12. Perfect Through Suf­fer­ing May It Be
  13. Return and Come to God
  14. Softly Now the Light of Day
  15. Thou Art the Way
  16. To Thee, O Lord, with Dawn­ing Light
  17. When Dark­ness Once at God’s Com­mand
  18. Yes, It Is a Faith­ful Say­ing
  19. Young and Hap­py While Thou Art