Thorneloe was born in Coventry, educated at Bishop’s College, Lennoxville and ordained in 1874. He was a missionary at Stanstead in Quebec Province until 1885 when he became Rector of St Peter's Sherbrooke. In 1896 he was elected Bishop of Algoma  and in 1915 he also became Metropolitan of Ontario, positions he held until 1927.
Awards and Honors
Thorneloe's work was recognized in numerous ways including:
- Bishop's University bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree on him in 1896.
- Trinity College, Toronto honored Thorneloe with an Degree honoris causa in 1898.
- In 1920 he received a second honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of Oxford
- Thorneloe University an affiliated college at Laurentian University in Greater Sudbury is named after him.
- A village in rural Ontario is named after him.
- "Obituary: Dr. George Thorneloe Former Metropolitan Of Ontario", The Times, 6 August 1935, p12
- DioceseofAlgoma (history)
- Project Canterbury
- “Who was Who”1897-1990, London, A & C Black, 1991, ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
- "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory", London, Hamilton & Co 1889
- The Times, 10 December 1896, p9, "Ecclesiastical Intelligence"
- Anglican bishops of Canada
- The Times, 24 September 1926, p12, "Canadian Archbishop Resigns"
- "Archbishop George Thorneloe fonds". Engracia De Jesus Matias Archives and Special Collections. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- "Our Campus in the 1960s". Laurentian University. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
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