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Thomas Scowby (1837-1935)

Thomas Scowby was born in Halifax, Yorkshire. As a young man he came under the influence of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army. Scowby entered the Methodist New Connexion ministry in 1860, serving as President of Conference in 1893 and Correspondence Secretary in 1890.

Scowby was present at the Uniting Conference in 1932, one of seventy-two Conferences which he attended. At the time of his death as a result of a domestic accident in 1935, Scowby was one of the four oldest ministers in the Methodist Church and was still preaching at the age of ninety-eight.

Source: Oliver Beckerlegge, United Methodist Ministers and their Circuits 1797-1932 (1968), and Methodist Recorder October 3rd 1935, 4.

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