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Samuel Dunn (1797-1882)

Samuel Dunn was born at Megavissey, Cornwall, the son of a sea captain and occasional smuggler before his conversion to Methodism. Dunn entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1819 and served as the first Methodist missionary in the Shetland Islands (1822-25). His ministry there was very successful, attracting 225 new members after just two years.

Dunn's reputation was confirmed after his return to the mainland, and during his time in the Camborne circuit there were many new chapels erected.

Dunn was a leading exponent of reform, editing the radical Wesleyan Banner. In 1849 he was expelled from the Connexion over the Fly Sheets affair. For nine years he worked as the pastor of an independent Methodist congregation in Cornwall before moving to New York in 1865. Dunn worked as a minister of the New York East Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church but returned to England after three years. He then laboured as an independent among all branches of Methodism in Cornwall.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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