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Aberhart, William (1878–1943), politician and evangelist in Canada, was born in Hibbert township, near Seaforth, Perth county, Ontario, on 30 December 1878, the son of William Aberhart (who as a child had been brought from Germany) and his wife, Louisa Pepper, the daughter of an Englishman. He was educated at schools in ...

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Edwards, (Samuel Jules) Celestine (1857?–1894), Methodist evangelist and journal editor, was born, probably on 28 December 1857, at Burns, Dominica, in the West Indies, one of ten children. His father was a sailor, who died about 1867; little is known of his mother except that she was alive in 1894. ...

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Harris, Howel (1714–1773), evangelist, was born on 23 January 1714, at Trefeca, near Talgarth, in Brecknockshire, the youngest of the five children born to Howel ap Howel alias Harris (1672?–1731), carpenter, and his wife, Susannah (d. 1751), daughter of Thomas Powell. Surviving knowledge about his youth comes from ...

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Smith, Rodney [called Gypsy Smith] (1860–1947), evangelist, was born in a tent in Epping Forest, in the parish of Wanstead, on 31 March 1860, the fourth child and second son of Cornelius Smith and his wife, Mary Welch (d. 1865). He was baptized in ...

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Rodney Smith (1860–1947) by Elliott & Fry [detail] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Taylor, David (1715–1783), evangelist and preacher, was born on 28 April 1715 in Wymeswold, near Loughborough, the son of Joseph Taylor and his wife, Dorothy. He is said to have had a 'tolerable education' (Seymour, 1.43) and was employed in domestic service with ...