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James Haldane Stewart (1776-1854)

James Haldane Stewart was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was educated at Dr Valpy's school in Reading and Eton, after which he trained at Lincoln's Inn for a career in law. Stewart was converted in 1802 through his contact with the Anglican clergymen William Marsh and Thomas Tyndale.

Stewart matriculated in 1803 at Exeter College Oxford and graduated B.A. in 1806 and M.A. in 1810. He was ordained and appointed Curate of Ashampstead in Berkshire. From 1812 to 1828 he officiated at Percy Chapel in London despite suffering a breakdown in health in 1817 which necessitated a visit to the Continent.

Stewart was an active supporter of the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews, the Church Missionary Society and the Protestant Reformation Society. He built his own chapel in Liverpool and ministered there from 1830 to 1846. Stewart after 1820 was a strong advocate of prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Stewart was Rector of Limpsfield in Surrey during his final years.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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