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George Marsden (1772-1858)

George Marsden was born in Manchester, of Methodist parentage. He entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1793 and served as a circuit minister for nearly fifty years, mainly in the northwest of England.

A close friend of Jabez Bunting, Marsden was one of the leading ministers of his generation. He served as Missionary secretary (1816-18), secretary of Conference (1820) and President of the Canadian Conference in 1833. He was also President of the Wesleyan Conference in 1821 and 1831.

Marsden was superannuated in 1842 and died near Glossop in Derbishire two weeks after preaching his last sermon.

Source: Arminian Magazine 1858, p.576 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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