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Theophilus Lessey (1787-1841)

Theophilus Lessey was born in Penzance, son of the Wesleyan itinerant of the same name.

Lessey was baptised by John Wesley and was educated at Kingswood School.

After some years as a local preacher, Lessey entered the ministry in 1808 and served as President of Conference in 1839, the first son of a Methodist minister to attain that office.

Shortly after completing his presidential year, Lessey's health suffered a severe decline, which led to his early death.

Source: Methodist Magazine 1841, 772-773 and Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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