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Benjamin Gregory (1820-1900)

Benjamin Gregory was born at Stokesley in North Yorkshire, the son and grandson of Methodist ministers.

Converted while still at school, he worked as a teacher at Woodhouse Grove for six years from the age of fourteen before entering the Wesleyan ministry.

Gregory worked as a circuit minister until 1868 when he was appointed Connexional Editor; a post which he was to retain for twenty-five years.

One of his priorities as editor was the furthering of the Wesleyan Methodist Magazine as both a 'denominational and a catholic organ' [Conference obituary 1901]. With this in mind he secured as contributors, leading figures from all the major denominations.

A prolific writer, Gregory's major works included Wesleyan Methodist Polity (1888), Memoir of Emma Tatham (1858) and Side Lights on the Conflicts of Methodism (1898).

Gregory served as President of Conference in 1879.

Source: Conference Minutes 1901 and Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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