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John Wesley

John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of the Methodist Church, was in South Carolina only briefly, but the denomination he founded has had a profound effect on the province and state. From a small society of students devoted to principles of austerity and devotion that he and his brother Charles founded in England in 1730, the movement grew, attracting such followers as George Whitefield. Wesley came to Georgia to preach the gospel to the Native Americans in 1735-1737, and in the spring of 1737 he traveled to South Carolina, preaching at St. Philip's Church in Charleston.

Courtesy of the Thomas Cooper Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina.

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