Broadbent, John an English Wesleyan preacher, was born near Leeds, Yorkshire, in 1751. He was converted young, and entered the ministry in 1772. He was lively and fervent in preaching, and having naturally a weak constitution, he frequently so exhausted himself as to be ready to drop down when the sermon was concluded. A short time before his death he settled in Frome, Somersetshire. He died November 10, 1794, aged forty-three years. "Those who knew him best, knew but in part the goodness and greatness of his heart." He prayed with Wesley in his (Wesley's) last moments, and signed the circular announcing his death. See Atmore, Meth. Memorial, s.v.; Smith, Hist. of Wesl. Methodism, 1:580; 2:200.