Webber, George, Dd
Webber, George, D.D.
a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Shapleigh, Maine, March 18, 1801. He embraced religion in early life, and, after spending some time as a student in Maine Wesleyan Seminary, joined the Maine Conference in 1828. and was appointed as junior preacher on Strong Circuit, which embraced nearly the whole valley of Sandy River; His reputation as an able preacher soon spread, and he was sought by all the important charges in the Conference. No preacher in the Maine Conference had ever been so highly honored by his brethren. Sixteen years he served as presiding elder; five times was a delegate to the General Conference; once to the Evangelical Alliance in London; and once to the Methodist Episcopal Church of Canada. At the General Conference of 1852 he was a prominent candidate for the office of bishop. For many years he was a trustee of Maine Wesleyan Seminary, and was prominently connected with all the great interests of the Conference for nearly half a century. As a preacher, Mr. Webber was solid rather than brilliant, profoundly impressive, evincing thorough mastery of his subject, deliberate and exhaustive, and purely extemporaneous. His forty-seven years of ministerial record stand without a blemish. In 1874 he superannuated, and retired to his home at Kent's Hill, and died May 11, 1875. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1876, page 86.