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Samuel Bradburn (1751-1816)

Samuel Bradburn was born in Gibraltar, the son of a soldier. He joined the itinerancy in 1774 and gained such a reputation for pulpit oratory that he was dubbed the Methodist Demosthenes. A friend of Charles Wesley, he exercised a vigorous and successful ministry in England and Ireland.

Bradburn served as President of the Wesleyan Conference in 1799, remaining within the parent Connexion despite some sympathy for the views of the reformer Alexander Kilham.

In his later years, he appears to have had a drink problem and on one occasion was suspended from Conference.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995), Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Methodist Worthies (1884) by George John Stevenson

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