Richardson, Chauncey

Richardson, Chauncey, a Methodist minister, was born in Vermont in 1802. When nineteen years of age he professed conversion, and in 1823 was licensed to preach. In 1826 he was received on trial by the New England Conference, and in 1832, because of impaired health, was obliged to locate. His first residence in the South was at Tuscumbia, Ala., where he labored to build up an educational institution. He was elected president of Rutersville College, Texas, in 1839, and became a member of the first Annual Conference in Texas, 1840. He was also a member of the convention held in Louisville, 1845, to organize the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; and of its General Conference in 1850. He served the Church as presiding elder, as editor of the Church paper, the Texas Wesleyan Banner, and as conference secretary for several years. He died April 11, 1852. Mr. Richardson was a good, gifted, trusty man. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 7, 721; Minutes of Annual Conf. M.E. Church, South, 1852, p. 423.

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