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William Griffith (1806-83)

William Griffith was born in London, the son of the Wesleyan minister of the same name. He entered the ministry in 1828 and served as a circuit minister in Scotland and England for twenty-one years.

In 1849, Griffith was arraigned before the Conference for reformist agitation with James Everett and several others. He was expelled and went on to help found the United Methodist Free Church.

Griffith served as a minister in Derby from 1855 until his death. He was elected President of the United Methodist Free Churches Assembly in 1877 but declined to serve. Griffith was also an ardent Republican, whose effigy was burned in Derby marketplace.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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