James Townley (d.1833)
James Townley was born in Manchester. He was educated by Rev. David Simpson of Macclesfield and joined the local Methodist Society in 1790. He entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1796 in the Canterbury Circuit and in 1827 was appointed one of the General Secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, in which office he continued until superannuation in 1832. Townley served as President of Conference in 1829.
Townley wrote several books on ecclesiastical history and biblical studies.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1834