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Thomas Farmer (1790-1861)

Thomas Farmer was the son of a chemical manufacturer. He was converted in 1809 and attended worship at City Road in London, where he served as a Sunday School teacher and class leader. A wealthy businessman, Farmer acted as treasurer of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society from 1836 to 1860. He was also closely involved in the work of Richmond College and was the treasurer of the Theological Institution. Farmer was Vice President of the Bible Society and was a generous donor to such worthy causes as the Strangers' Friend Society and the Evangelical Alliance.

His wife Sarah Farmer (c.1794-1868) was the first President and Treasurer of the Women's Auxiliary. The couple's five daughters were also involved with Methodism, especially Sarah Farmer (d.1867) who served as the first Home Secretary of the Women's Auxiliary.

The family were resident at Gunnersbury House in Middlesex.

Source: Richmond College Collection and A Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland, edited by John Vickers (Epworth Press, Peterborough, 2000), 116-117

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