Paine, Robert, Dd
Paine, Robert, D.D.
a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was born in Person County; N.C., November 12, 1799, of Baptist parents. In early life. he removed to Tennessee; was converted November 9, 1817; licensed to preach the same year; the next year was admitted into the Tennessee Conference, and after laboring on several circuits and in important stations, was elected president of La Grange College, Alabama, in 1830, a position which he retained until his elevation. to the episcopacy in 1846. He had been a member of every General Conference from 1824, and was active in, the discussion that led to the division of the Methodist Church in 1844. His extensive labors as a bishops closed with his death, October 20, 1882. He was a very able preacher, a ready speaker, and a devoted Christian. He wrote Life and Times of Bishop McKendree. See Minutes of Annual Conferences of the M.E. Church South, 1882, page 147; Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.