Swormstedt, Leroy

Swormstedt, Leroy a prominent minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Maryland Oct. 4,1798. When eighteen years of age he professed conversion, and was licensed to preach Jan. 2, 1818. His entrance into the itinerant work was through the Ohio Conference in August, 1818. He was ordained deacon in 1820, and elder in 1822. In 1830 he was appointed presiding elder, and occupied that office until elected assistant agent of the Western Book Concern. After filling this position for eight years, he was elected principal agent in 1844, and continued to be such until 1860, when he took a superannuated relation. After this he declined rapidly in health, and died Aug. 27, 1863. Mr. Swormstedt was a man of vigorous health, scrupulously punctual, an energetic and methodical preacher and a rigid disciplinarian. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1863, p. 144.

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