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John Hutchinson James (1816-91)

John Hutchinson James was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, the son of the Wesleyan minister John James. He was educated at Kingswood School and was converted during a revival there. He began to preach at the age of seventeen and entered the full-time ministry in 1835. In 1836 he commenced training at Hoxton Institute and was ordained four years later. James exercised an active home circuit ministry until superannuation in 1886, with the exception of seven years spent as governor and chaplain of Wesley College in Sheffield.

James was a gifted preacher and writer who had works published on both sides of the Atlantic. He was also a talented administrator and served as Secretary of Conference in 1870. The following year he was elected Conference President.

Despite declining health, James was preaching until a short time before his death which occurred on September 26th 1891 while on a visit to Cornwall.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1892

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