William Russell Maltby (1866-1951)
William Russell Maltby was born at Selby in Yorkshire, the son of the Wesleyan minister William Maltby. He was educated at Woodhouse Grove and Kingswood and qualified as a solicitor in 1892. He trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Headingley and commenced circuit work in 1896.
Maltby was appointed Warden of the Wesley Deaconess Order in 1920, a position he held until retirement in 1940. Maltby was also involved in the Student Christian Movement and led several University Missions. He served as President of Conference in 1926. Maltby was a strong advocate of Methodist union and the admission of women to the ordained ministry.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1951