Broadbent, Samuel an English Wesleyan minister, was born at Braistow, near Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, October 27, 1794. He was converted in early life, was received into the ministry in 1815, and was sent at once to Ceylon, where he labored at Galle, Trincomalee, and Point Pedro until 1820, when he was deputed to commence missionary operations in Madagascar. At the instance of the Missionary Committee, however, this enterprise was abandoned, and he and F.L. Hodgson were sent to commence operations among the Bechuanas of South Africa. After six years' toil his health failed and he returned to England, where he received regular Conference appointments until 1863, when he retired from the toils, of the itinerancy and settled at Lvtham. He died June 3, 1867. Mr. Broadbent labored with undeviating regularity and faithfulness. He saw several of his sons enter the same sacred work. He wrote, The Missionary Martyr of Namagualand: Memorials of Reverend William Threfall (2d ed. Lond. 1860, 18mo): — Sermon on the Sabbath Day: — Anti-Scriptural Marriages the Ruin of Souls and the Curse of the Church: — A Narrative of a Mission to the Baralongs (Lond. 1865, 12mo): — The Pious and Princely Shoemaker: — An Account of Mr. Joseph Watkin (1852, 18mo). See Minutes of the British Conference, 1867, page 27; Wesl. Meth. Magazine, October 1870, art. 1; Osborn, Meth. Bibliog. s.v.