Clawson, Samuel, a minister of the Methodist Protestant Church; was born in Jefferson County, Pa., in 1806. He was converted when quite a youth, entered the ministry in 1834, became a member of the Pittsburgh Conference, afterwards joined the West Virginia Conference, and died at Weston, W. Va., in August, 1882. He was noted for his eccentricities, especially in the pulpit, which, however, added to, rather than detracted from, his power as a preacher. He was one of the most effective revivalists of his day. His natural eloquence was sometimes wonderful, and completely irresistible. In disposition he was as kind and affectionate as a child. He was several times elected representative to the General Conference. See Methodist Protestant Yearbook, 1884, p.36.