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LANE, John, pioneer, born in Virginia, 8 April, 1789; died in Vicksburg, Mississippi, 10 October, 1855. His early life was passed in Georgia, where he was a student for several years at Franklin college. He entered the South Carolina conference of the Methodist church in 1814, and the next year was sent to the Natchez circuit, becoming the pioneer of Methodism in Mississippi. His early work there was among the Cherokee and Creek Indians, whose confidence he won by his daring and self-sacrifice. He was appointed presiding elder on the Mississippi circuit in 1820, and this year settled on the estate of his father-in-law, Reverend Newit Vick, the site of the present city of Vicksburg, which Mr. Lane named in Vick's honor. Mr. Lane subsequently engaged in business, was probate judge of Warren county, and, although preaching continually, became one of the most influential business men in the state of Mississippi. He re-entered the conference in 1831, and during the greater part of his subsequent career was a presiding elder. For many years he was president of the conference missionary society, and of the board of trustees of Centenary college, Jackson, Louisiana
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