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Frederick William Bourne (1830-1905)

Frederick William Bourne was born at Woodchurch in Kent. He entered the Bible Christian ministry in 1850 and rose to a position of preeminence after the death of James Thorne in 1872. He was three times President of the Conference and served for long periods as Connexional Treasurer, editor, book steward and missionary secretary.

Bourne was a great preacher and capable organiser. He was also a writer of great merit, whose most famous book was his account of Billy Bray, The Kings Son, which is still in print.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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