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William Black (1760-1834)

William Black was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. He emigrated with his family to Nova Scotia in 1775 and was converted during a Methodist meeting four years later. Black commenced travelling with the New Light congregationalist preacher Henry Alline in 1781 although the two men soon quarrelled and went their separate ways.

Black worked for several years in association with the American preacher Freeborn Garrettson and was ordained by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1789, with the appointment of presiding elder for eastern British North America. Black ended his connection with the American Methodist Church in 1800 and was appointed chairman of the Nova Scotia district by the British Conference. He retired in 1812.

Black was the most important figure in Methodism in Atlantic Canada during it's early period.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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