Dashiell, Robert Laurenson, Dd
Dashiell, Robert Laurenson, D.D.
a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Salisbury, Maryland, June 25, 1825. He was converted at the age of fifteen; graduated from Dickinson College in 1846, and in 1848 entered the Baltimore Conference. His fields of labor were West River Circuit, Maryland, and London, Virginia; four years at Union and Wesley chapels, in Washington; 1856 and 1857, Eutaw Street, and 1858 and 1859, Charles Street, Baltimore; 1860 and 1861, Central Church, Newark, N.J.; 1862 and 1863, Trinity, Jersey City; 1864 to 1866, St. Paul's, Newark; 1867, First Church, Orange; in nearly all of which lie had large and lasting revivals. In 1868 he was elected president of Dickinson College; resigned in 1872, and was made presiding elder of Jersey City district; but, in May of that year, was chosen missionary secretary, which office he continued to hold to the close of his life, March 8, 1880. Dr. Dashiell was a man of extraordinary gifts and graces, and left a rare record of success. His spirit was free and genial, his temperament poetical, his nature radical, his zeal outspoken, his friendship lavish. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1880, page 38; Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.