Samuel Coley (1825-1880)
Samuel Coley was born into a Methodist family in Birmingham. He was converted at the age of six, became a member of the Methodist society aged twelve and a local preacher at the age of sixteen. Coley commenced training for the ministry at Richmond College in 1846 and thereafter exercised an active circuit ministry until 1873 when he was appointed Theological Tutor at Headingley College. Coley's health began to fail in 1878 and he resigned his position at Headingley in 1880. In August of the same year he moved to Warwick where he died on October 30th.
Coley had been marked out by many to be a future President of Conference. In 1878 he represented the British Connexion at the meeting of the Canadian Conference and published a well-regarded biography of Thomas Collins.
Source: Hill's Arrangement 1878 and Minutes of Conference 1881