Webb, Thomas 
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Time Period
1724  - 1796
Description
Thomas Webb was an important figure in the early development of American Methodism. After serving as a British officer in the American colonies, he returned to England where he converted to Methodism in 1765.

After becoming acquainted with John Wesley and successfully preaching in the vicinity of Bath, he traveled to Albany, New York as a barrack master. In 1766, he helped Barbara Heck establish the first New York City Methodist society. It was one of the first Methodist societies in the American colonies, along with societies in Sam Creek, Maryland (1763) and Leesburg, Virginia (1765/1766).

In addition to New York, he traveled to Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey spreading Methodism. In 1767/1768, he helped organize the first Methodist society in Philadelphia. After hearing him preach in Philadelphia, Founding Father John Adams said, "He is one of the most fluent, eloquent men I have ever heard."
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Events
First Methodist Societies Established
Photographs

Thomas Webb portrait- Internet Archive- from History of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States of America by Abel Stevens

Thomas Webb preaching- Internet Archive- from Centennial History of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Schenectady, NY

Thomas Webb riding- Internet Archive- from Centennial History of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Schenectady, NY

Thomas Webb preaching- Internet Archive- from The Illustrated History of Methodism in Great Britain, America, and Australia by W. H. Daniels
Book/Journal Source(s)
Bucke, Emory Stevens, 1964. The History of American Methodism. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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