Doggett, David Seth, Dd
Doggett, David Seth, D.D.
a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was born in Lancaster County, Virginia, June 26, 1810. He was educated at the University of Virginia, and intended to follow the legal profession, but after his conversion gave it up for the ministry; on leaving college taught school a year in Orange County, Virginia, and in 1829 entered the Virginia Conference. That year he was sent to Roanoke Circuit, N.C.; in 1830 to Mattamuskeet Circuit, in the same state; in 1831 to Petersburg, Virginia; in 1832 to Lynchburg; in 1834 to Trinity Station, Richmond; in 1835 to Petersburg; in 1836 to Norfolk; in 1838 to Lynchburg; in 1839 to Charlotteville, acting meanwhile as chaplain to the University of Virginia; and in 1840 was chaplain to Randolph-Macon College, and pastor of the town. in which the college was then located. From 1841 to 1846 he was professor of mental and moral philosophy in the same institution. In 1847 he was again sent to Lynchburg; in 1849 to Washington Street Station, Petersburg; in 1851 to Richmond; in 1853 to Granby Street Station, Norfolk; in 1855 edited the Review; in 1856 went to Washington, D.C.; in 1858 was presiding elder of the Richmond District; in 1862 served Broad Street Station, and in 1864 Centenary Church. In 1865 he was associate editor with Reverend John E. Edwards, D.D., of the Episcopal Mllethodist, in Richmond; and in April 1867, was elected to the Episcopacy. He continued to reside in the same city, and executed the duties of his high office with great zeal, devotedness, and success until his death, October 27, 1880. It is thought he hastened his decease by overtaxing himself responding to extra calls in the summer of 1880. See The Quarterly Review of, the M.E. Church South, January 1881, page 109; Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.