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Jesse Lee
Born March 12, 1758(1758-03-12)
Prince George's County, Va.
Died September 12, 1816
Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation Preacher and chaplain
Religious beliefs Methodist

Jesse Lee (March 12, 1758 – September 12, 1816) was an American Methodist Episcopal clergyman and pioneer, born in Prince George's County, Virginia A preacher after 1783, in 1789 he visited New England and established Methodism from the Connecticut River to the farthest settlement in Maine. He formed the first Methodist class in New England, at Stratford, Connecticut, September 26, 1787. He preached his first sermon (outdoors) on June 7[1] or 17[2], 1789 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He held the first Methodist class in Boston, Massachusetts on July 13, 1792. For his pioneer work in New England he was often called the Apostle of Methodism.[3] He was a friend of Francis Asbury, and served as his assistant from 1797 to 1800.[4] He lacked only one vote of being elected Bishop by the General Conference of 1800, but was appointed to be a presiding elder of the south district of Virginia in 1801.[4] He wrote A Short Account of the Life and Death of the Rev. John Lee (1805) and a History of Methodism in America (1807), which has value for the early period. On May 22, 1809 Lee was appointed Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives[5] He was reappointed on November 2, 1812 and served for two sessions.[5] Upon leaving the chaplaincy of the House he was appointed Chaplain of the United States Senate on September 27, 1814 where he served until December 1815.[6]

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Literature

  • Minton Thrift, Memoir of the Rev. Jesse Lee, with Extracts from his Journals (New York, 1823)
  • L. M. Lee, Life and Times of Jesse Lee (Richmond, Va., 1848)
  • W. H. Meredith, Jesse Lee, A Methodist Apostle (New York, 1909)
Political offices
Preceded by
Obadiah Bruen Brown
Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives
May 22, 1809 – November 4, 1811[5]
Succeeded by
Nicholas Sneathen
Preceded by
Nicholas Sneathen
Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives
November 2, 1812 – September 19, 1814[5]
Succeeded by
Obadiah Bruen Brown
Preceded by
John Brackenridge, D.D.
Chaplain of the United States Senate
September 27, 1814 – December 8, 1815[7]
Succeeded by
John Glendie

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