Bidwell, Ira M
Bidwell, Ira M.
a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at East Hartford, Colin., in 1809. He united with the Church in 1820; was licensed in 1823; admitted to the New England Conference June 22, 1824; ordained deacon in 1826, and elder in 1828. Consecrating all his energies to the work of the ministry, he took rank among the leading preachers of his day. He served with success eleven charges. While yet young and full of promise, disease laid its hand upon him, and for ten years he was unable to take an appointment. Receiving an appointment after his protracted disability, on his way home from conference he was the victim of a railroad accident, from which he never recovered sufficiently to endure public labor; so that from 1841 until the close of his life he was a superannuated minister. He died of apoplexy at Norwich, Conn., July 28, 1880. His mind was quick and versatile; and, gifted by nature with a commanding form, strong but melodious voice, possessing a thorough knowledge of human nature, he had wonderful power over an audience. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1881, p. 89.