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DISNEY, Richard Randolph, Canadian clergyman, born in Northeast, Cecil County, Maryland, in 1835. His parents had formerly been slaves, but at the time of his birth were free. When he was eight years old his father died. Afterward he was a barber in Baltimore, and while there united with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was graduated with honors at Osgood seminary, Springfield, in 1857, and at once began his ministerial work. He soon removed to Chatham, Ontario, where a large colored population was settled, and subsequently was stationed as a preacher at Peel, Buxton, Windsor, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Toronto, and Chatham. On the death of Bishop Nazrey he was appointed to the vacant bishopric in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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