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WAKELEY, Joseph B., clergyman, born in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1804; died in New York city, 27 April, 1876. At an early age he was apprenticed to a hat-manufacturer in his native town, but studied for the ministry, and was admitted to the Methodist Episcopal conference of New York in 1828. In 1857 he settled in Poughkeepsie, but he was subsequently appointed pastor of a church in Lexington avenue, New York. He was the author of "Tile Heroes of Methodism" (New York, 1856) and "Lost Chapters recovered from the Early History of American Methodism" (1858); edited "Reminiscences," by the Reverend Henry Boehm, Bishop Asbury's travelling companion (1865); and also published "Anecdotes of the Wesleys," with an introduction by John McClintock (1869).
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