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Robert Newton (1780-1854)

Robert Newton was born at Roxby in Yorkshire. He was converted as a teenager and was admitted to the Wesleyan ministry on probation at the age of nineteen. Newton was a brilliant public speaker and fund-raiser whose great popularity necessitated his release from ordinary ministerial duties so that he could make full use of his talents. He was four times elected President of the Wesleyan Conference (1824, 1832, 1840 and 1848) and was secretary of the Conference on nineteen occasions. In 1840 he attended the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States.

Newton was a close associate of Jabez Bunting and was a champion of the conservative wing of the Wesleyan Church.

He was superannuated in 1852 and died at Easingwold in Yorkshire.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Methodist Magazine 1854, pp.857-858

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