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LATE A BISHOP OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
JOHN EMORY was born on the 11th day of April, 1789, in Spaniard's Neck, Queen Anne's County, Eastern Shore of Maryland. His parents were Robert and Frances Emory, both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which his father was a leader. As the family mansion was the home of the circuit preachers, he was accustomed from infancy to their company and conversation; and, in fact, from that time onward, he was nurtured in the bosom of Methodism.
His elementary education was received in the country schools in the vicinity of his birth-place. His academic training was conducted by two excellent classical teachers of the old school, and completed at Washington College, Maryland. Before he was ten years of age his father had decided to educate him for the bar, and all his studies for several years were directed with set purpose to this end. Nothing, however, but natural strength of mind and remarkable advancement in study could have justified his entering a law-office at seventeen years of age. He worked in that office most thoroughly: reading hard, writing digests and essays, and grounding himself thoroughly in the fundamental principles of law. This training was afterward of great value to him in a very different sphere of life.