Lauress John Birney (1871-1937)
Lauress John Birney was born in Dennison, Ohio. He graduated from Scio College and Boston University School of Theology and entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1895.
Birney was dean of Boston University from 1911 to 1920, and in the latter year was elected bishop. He served in China for several years until poor health forced his return to the United States. He died at Pasadena in California.
Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)