Chandler, William Penn

Chandler, William Penn, one of the most eminent Methodist preachers of his time, was born in Charles Co., Maryland, June 22d, 1764. He entered the Philadelphia Conference in 1797, and filled in succession the most important stations in the Church. He took a superannuated relation in 1811, and located in 1813, returning to the Conference, however, in 1822, the year in which he died. As a Christian and a minister, Mr. Chandler was a man of no ordinary mark; in the pulpit, the divine unction that rested upon him, and the evangelical energy of his sermons, gave eminent success to his labors (Minutes of Conferences, 1:402). Boehm styles him "one of the most powerful ministers that ever wielded the sword of the Spirit." In May, 1820, he had a paralytic stroke. He visited the West Indies in hope of benefit, but returned no better, and died in Philadelphia, Dec. 8th, 1822. — Stevens, Hist. of the M. E. Church, 3:409-413; Sprague, Annals, 7:287; Boehm, Reminiscences of Methodism, chap. 15; Ware, Autobiography.

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