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ELLIOTT, Charles, clergyman, born in Greenconway, County Donegal, Ireland, 16 May 1792" died in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 6 January 1869. He united with the Wesleyan Church and applied for admission to the University of Dublin, but was refused because he could not take the prescribed test oath. By the aid of some eminent scholars, he succeeded in following a course of study equivalent to that of the University. He immigrated to the United States about 1815, and was received into the traveling connection of the Ohio conference in 1818.[n 1822 he was appointed superintendent of the mission among the Wyandotte Indians at Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He was presiding elder of the Ohio district for four years, and professor of languages in Madison College, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, for four years.
In 1831 he was stationed in Pittsburgh, and was subsequently presiding elder of that district, editor of the "Pittsburgh Conference Journal," and afterward of the "Western Christian Advocate," which he conducted until 1848, and again from 1852 till 1856. He then became professor of biblical literature in Iowa Wesleyan University and its president, but resigned in 1860. He was afterward appointed editor of the "Central Christian Advocate" at St. Louis, Missouri, and during the civil war strongly supported the Union cause. After the close of the war he was again connected with Iowa Wesleyan University until 1866. His chief works are a "Treatise on Baptism" (1834)" "Delineation of Roman Catholicism " (2 vols., New York, 1851)" "Life of Bishop Roberts" (1853); "History of the Great Secession from the Methodist Episcopal Church" (1855)" "Political Romanism" (1859)" " Reminiscences of the Wyandotte Mission Southwestern Methodism"; and two works against slavery.
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