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William Courtice (1794-1866)

William Courtice was born at Twitching in Devon. He entered the Bible Christian ministry in 1820, served as President of Conference in 1834 and 1856, Connexional Treasurer 1853-65 and as the first Treasurer of the Missionary Society in 1827 and 1844-65.

Courtice was described by the historian and minister Frederick William Bourne as one of the three most powerful men in the Connexion, the others being James Thorne and William Reed.

Source: Oliver Beckerlegge, United Methodist Ministers and their Circuits 1797-1932 (1968), and F. W. Bourne, The Bible Christians Their Origin and History 1815-1900 (1905)

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