Thomson, Edward, Dd
Thomson, Edward, D.D.
a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born at Portsea, England, Oct. 12, 1810, and, with his father's family, came to America in 1818, settling, in 1820, in Wooster, O. — He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his diploma when nineteen years of age, and commenced his practice. In December, 1831, he was converted, and, although brought up a Baptist, entered the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was admitted into the Annual Conference in 1832. After filling appointments in Norwalk, Sandusky City, Cincinnati, and Wooster, he was transferred to the Michigan Conference, and stationed at Detroit. From 1838 to 1843 he had charge of the Norwalk Seminary; in 1844 he was elected editor of the Ladies Repository; in 1846 president of the Ohio Wesleyan University, where he remained till 1860, when he was elected editor of the N. Y. Christian. Advocate and Journal. In 1864 he was elected to the office of bishop, in which capacity he made his first official visit to India. He died of pneumonia at Wheeling, W. Va., March 22, 1870. His published works are, Educational Essays (new ed. by D. W. Clark, D.D., Cincinnati, 1856, 12mo): —Letters from Europe: —Moral and Religious Essays : —Biographical and Incidental Sketches. See Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.; Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.