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CASE, William, missionary, born in Swansea, Massachusetts, 27 August, 1780; died at Alnwick mission-house, Canada, 19 October, 1855. Of his youth and early manhood but little is known. He was converted in 1803, began to prepare himself for the ministry, and was received on trial in the New York conference of the Methodist Episcopal church. His first regular appointment was at the bay of Quinte, Canada. In 1809 he was a missionary at Detroit, and from 1810 till 1827 presiding elder in northern and western New York and in Canada. In 1828 the Canadian Methodists became independent of the church in the United States, and he was made superintendent of Indian missions and schools. From 1830 till 1833 he was general superintendent, without episcopal powers, of the Wesleyan Methodists in Canada. In 1837 he was placed in charge of the native Wesleyan industrial school at Aln-wick, where he remained until 1851. On the completion of the fiftieth year of his itinerancy he pronounced a commemorative discourse before the conference in London, Canada, which was received with great favor alike at the time of its delivery and in its published form. His chief successes were with the Indians, and he appeared to be inspired with a personal power that gave him wonderful influence over them. He died suddenly, in consequence of a fall from his horse. See "Case and his Contemporaries" (Toronto, 1856).
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