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EVERETT, Joseph, clergyman, born in Queen Anne County, Maryland, 17 June 1732; died in Cambridge, Maryland, 16 August 1809. While living a licentious life he was converted at a meeting of the followers of Whitefield in 1763, and entered the communion of the Presbyterian Church. He was a zealous Whig, and fought with the Maryland militia in the Revolutionary war. He had grown less earnest in religious matters, when, in 1778, he was deeply impressed by the preaching of Francis Asbury, united with the Methodist Church, and in 1780 became an itinerant preacher. He was ordained a deacon in 1786, and an elder in 1788. He was presiding elder of Cecil and neighboring circuits in 1789'90, and of other districts in Maryland till 1800, when he became presiding elder in Philadelphia, and afterward of the Delaware district. In 1804 he became disabled for continuous labor, though he continued to preach as a supernumerary. He was distinguished for the boldness and directness of his preaching, and was one of the most successful of the early Methodist revivalists.
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