Thomas Bowman Stephenson

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Thomas Bowman Stephenson
Born22 December 1839
Died6 July 1912
OccupationMethodist minister

Thomas Bowman Stephenson ( 22 December 1839 – 6 July 1912) was a Methodist minister.

He founded what was to become the National Children's Home in 1869. [1] He later founded the Wesleyan Deaconesses in 1890. [2] In 1891 he was elected President of the Methodist Conference. [3] He was a member of the London School Board. From 1902 to 1907 he was warden of the Methodist Deaconess Training College at Ilkley, West Yorkshire. [4]

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He retired in 1907 and died in London on 6 July 1912. He is buried in City of London Cemetery. [5]

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References

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  2. "History of the MDO" . Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  3. Bradfield, William (1913). The life of the Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson : founder of 'The Children's Home' and of the Wesley Deaconess Institute. C. H. Kelly, London.
  4. "The National Children's Home Story: Staff Training" . Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  5. London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer, by Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons

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