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William Bryan Reed (1836-1936)

William Bryan Reed was born at Holwell in Devon, the son of William Reed, one of the early leaders of the Bible Christian Connexion. He entered the Bible Christian ministry in 1860 and spent twenty-four years in circuit work. In 1884 he founded Edgehill College in Bideford and held the office of Governor until his retirement in 1909.

Reed served as President of Conference in 1881, one of three members of his family to have occupied that position. He was also Connexional Secretary 1878-79 and Missions Secretary 1893-98.

He died at Bideford two months short of his hundredth birthday.

Source: Oliver Beckerlegge, United Methodist Ministers and their Circuits 1797-1932 (1968), and The Methodist Recorder 20 February 1936, 4.

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