Reese, Levi R

Reese, Levi R.

a minister of the Methodist Protestant Church, was born in Harford County, Md.. Feb. 8, 1806, enjoyed a good preparatory training, and taught school for a while after he was seventeen. When about twenty years of age he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, but shortly after the agitation opened which resulted in the formation of the Methodist Protestant Church, he was, it is said, the first preacher appointed by the new body. The first three years of his ministerial life were spent at Philadelphia and New York. In 1833 he was appointed by the Maryland Annual Conference to labor in Alexandria, Va., and there succeeded so well that he was successively given "every important position and every official position within the gift of the body with which he was connected." He was for two years president of the Church, and repeatedly a representative in their General Conference. In 1837 and 1838 he was chaplain to the United States Congress. He died in Philadelphia Sept. 21,1851. He was highly esteemed as a preacher, and the seals of his ministry are all through Maryland. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 7:751-754.

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