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Samuel Warren (1781-1862)

Samuel Warren was born in the Ardwick district of Manchester. He entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1802, after spending several years at sea including a period as a French prisoner.

Warren exercised an active circuit ministry for over thirty years and was well-respected for his talents. He was also a considerable scholar who received the degrees of MA and DD from the University of Glasgow.

In 1834 Warren was suspended for leading agitation against the decision to set up a theological institution. He lost a lawsuit contesting control of Oldham Street Chapel in Manchester and was expelled from the Connexion in 1835.

Warren was followed out of Wesleyan Methodism by eight thousand supporters and the Wesleyan Methodist Association was the result. Warren served as the first President but left two years later over a dispute concerning the constitution of the new church. Warren was subsequently ordained into the Anglican ministry and became Vicar of Ancoats in Manchester.

Warren's son Samuel junior later achieved distinction as a novelist, lawyer and Member of Parliament.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974), Oliver Beckerlegge, United Methodist Ministers and their Circuits 1797-1932 (1968) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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