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BEWLEY, Anthony, clergyman, born in Tennessee, 22 May 1804 ; died at Fort Worth, Texas, 13 September 1860. Mr. Bewley began preaching in the Tennessee conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1829, and was transferred to the Missouri conference in 1843. In the following year the denomination was divided by the slavery question; but Mr. Bewley refused to join his conference in secession, and preached independently, earning his living, meanwhile, by manual labor. Other Methodist preachers of a like mind joined him, and he became their presiding elder. In 1848 a reorganization of the Church took place in Missouri, and he entered its service to find himself in a short time stigmatized as an abolitionist, and, like his brethren of the same way of thinking, in danger of violence, lie continued to preach according to his convictions until 1858, when he was appointed to Texas, but was driven temporarily from his post by threats of violence. Returning in 1860, contrary to the advice of his friends, he remained for a few weeks; but such was the excitement that he deemed it expedient again to flee for his life. After his departure a reward of $1,000 was offered for his apprehension, and in September 1860, he was arrested in Missouri, carried back to Fort Worth, Texas, and hanged by the mob, solely because he had proclaimed the injustice of human slavery.
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