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DEWART, Edward Hartley, Canadian clergyman, born in County Cavan, Ireland, in 1828. When six years old he came with his parents to Canada, the family settling in the County of Peterborough, Ontario. He was almost wholly self-educated, with the exception of two sessions passed in the Toronto normal school. In 1851 he began preaching as a probationer of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, anal after completing four years in this service was ordained a minister. In 1856 he was appointed superintendent of St. Andrew's circuit, on the Ottawa river. Subsequently he preached in the Oldtown circuit, and in 1860 was stationed in Montreal west. Soon afterward he resigned his charge in consequence of illness, and after his recovery labored in St. John's circuit, Collingwood, Toronto, and Ingersoll. In 1869 he was elected editor of the "Christian Guardian," the principal organ of Methodism in Canada. At the general conference of the United Methodists in 1883 he was elected by acclamation to the editorial chair. In connection with the movement for the union of the various branches of the Methodist Church, he was one of the chief advocates of lay delegation and union principles; and at the London conference in 1873, when a plan of union had been agreed upon by the Wesleyan, Eastern British American, and New Connection conferences, he and Dr. Nelles were appointed delegates to the British conference to represent the united Church arid arrange the terms of settlement with the parent body. He was also present as a delegate from Canada at the Methodist (ecumenical conference that met in London. England, in 1881. The degree of D.D. was conferred upon him by Victoria College, Cobourg. His writings include a prize essay against the use of tobacco (1858), and poems on " John Milton," " Niagara Falls," and " Voices of the Past."
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