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John Farrar (1802-1884)

John Farrar was born at Alnwick in Northumberland, the son of a Wesleyan minister of the same name. He was educated at Woodhouse Grove School and entered the ministry in 1822. During his four years of probation, he served as second Master at Woodhouse Grove. Farrar entered the circuit ministry in 1826 and served until 1839 when he was appointed to the governorship of the ministerial training establishment at Abney House in London. In 1843 he became the Classical Tutor at Richmond College and remained there until 1857 when he was appointed to the City Road circuit for one year. In 1858 Farrar was appointed governor of Woodhouse Grove School and in 1868, governor of Headingley College. He superannuated in 1877 and spent the remaining years of his life in Finsbury Park, London.

Farrar was Secretary of Conference on fourteen occasions and was twice elected President.

Source: Hill's Arrangement 1882 and Minutes of Conference 1885

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