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Richard Whatcoat (1736-1806)

Richard Whatcoat was born in Quinton, Gloucestershire. He served an apprenticeship in Staffordshire and after settling in Wednesbury in 1758 was converted by Methodist preaching.

Whatcoat entered the itinerancy in 1769 and in 1784 was ordained by John Wesley for the work in the United States.

Whatcoat travelled as an itinerant in the Eastern United States for the remainder of his ministry. The 1786 American Conference ignored Wesley's instructions to appoint him Superintendent and it was not until 1800 that Whatcoat was elected bishop. He continued to travel until his the end of his life despite failing health.

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

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