Mccaine, Alexander

Mccaine, Alexander an American divine of note, was born in Tipperary, Ireland, in the year 1768. He was educated in England, and was intended for the ministry of the Church of England; but, emigrating to the United States in 1791, he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in 1797 entered the itinerant ministry, and filled several important pulpits until 1821, when he located. He now became one of the agitators of the movement which so lately has been successfully carried — lay representation. In relply to the adverse decision of the General Conference of 1824, he published the somewhat elaborate History and Mystery of Methodist Episcopacy (1829), a work displaring rare ability. When the Methodist Protestant Church was started, he became one of its zealous promoters, and was regarded as one of the most able andl influential ministers of that body. He died June 1, 1856. He was particularly ready with the pen, and distinguished for his rare talents in the pulpit.

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