Banks, Matthew an English Wesleyan minister, was born at Rotherham, Feb. 23, 1798. He was converted in early life, entered into revival work with great zeal, received his first appointment to Antiguia,W. I., in 1826, and soon saw a great revival on that island characterized by extraordinary scenes. He returned to England in 1837, retired from the active ministry in 1860, and died at Bridlington, June 15, 1878. Mr. Banks was quick and decisive in action, independent in judgment, and an original thinker. His preaching was earnest, fervently Protestant, and was successful in awakening sinners. See Minutes of the British Conference, 1878, p. 45.