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Thomas Rankin (1738-1810)

Thomas Rankin was born in Dunbar, Scotland. He came under Methodist influence at an early age and after a business trip to the Carolina Colony, began to preach in 1759.

He entered the itinerancy in 1761 and in 1773 was sent by Wesley to America to be the 'General Assistant' of American Methodism. Rankin's abrupt manner and lack of sympathy with colonial grievances led to strained relations with American Methodists. He returned to England in 1778 and was ordained by Wesley two years later.

Rankin continued his ministry in England as long as his health permitted.

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

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