Born: May 27, 1799, Trenton, New Jersey. He was named after American president George Washington (he was born the year Washington died).
Died: April, 1859, Burlington, New Jersey.
Buried: 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.