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Robert Eckett (1797-1862)

Robert Eckett was born in Scarborough in Yorkshire. His family soon moved to London where Eckett became a successful builder.

Eckett was a leading figure in the reformist party in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, playing an active role in the Leeds Organ dispute and in the agitation over the establishment of the Theological Insitution in 1834.

He was finally expelled from the Wesleyan Methodist Church and entered the ministry of the Wesleyan Methodist Association in 1839. He planned its Foundation Deed in 1840, emphasising democracy in the government of the Connexion. Eckett also played a leading role in the establishment of the United Methodist Free Church in 1857 and served three times as President.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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