Thomas Bowman Stephenson

STEPHENSON, Thomas Bowman. b. Newcastle upon Tyne, 22 December 1839; d. Finchley, north London, 16 July 1912. He was the son of a Wesleyan Methodist minister, educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, and the University of London. Ordained in 1860, he served in circuits at Norwich, Manchester, Bristol, London (Lambeth and Bethnal Green) and Ilkley. He founded the National Children’s Home at London in 1869, with later branches at Bolton, Birmingham, the Isle of Man, and inaugurated a scheme to enable young people to start a new life in Canada (cf. J.W.C. Fegan, in ‘William Young Fullerton’*). He was President of the Wesleyan Methodist Conference in 1891, and Warden of the Wesley Deaconess...

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