- William Morley Punshon
William Morley Punshon (
29 May 1824– 14 April 1881) was an English Nonconformistdivine.
He was born at
Doncaster, Yorkshire, was educated in his native town, and, after spending a few years in business, at the Wesleyan College, Richmond. In 1845 he received his first appointment, at Marden, Kent, and soon became famous as a preacher. After serving the usual period of probation he was ordained at Manchesterin 1849 and for the next nineteen years travelled in several circuits, including some of the London ones (1858-1864).
In 1868 he went to
Chicagoas the representative of the Wesleyan Methodistconference, and settling in Canadadid much to advance the cause of his denomination. His preaching and lecturing drew great crowds both in the Dominion and in the United States, and he was five times president of the Canadian conference. He returned to England in 1873, was elected president of conference 1874, and in 1875 one of the missionary secretaries. He published several volumes of sermons, and a book of verse entitled "Sabbath Chimes" (1867, new edition 1880).
* [http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=5782 Biography at the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online"]
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