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Abel Stevens (1815–1897)

Stevens, Abel. An American author, editor, and Methodist clergyman; born in Philadelphia, Jan. 19, 1815; died at San José, CA, Sept. 13, 1897. He was editor of the Methodist, 1865–74; subsequently traveled extensively, and settled in Geneva, Switzerland. He wrote many denominational books, among them: ‘Essay on Church Polity’ (1847); ‘Memorials of the Introduction of Methodism into the Eastern States’ (1847–52); ‘History of the Religious Movement of the Eighteenth Century called Methodism’ (3 vols., 1858–61); ‘History of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States’ (4 vols., 1864–67), a standard authority on this subject. He wrote also a German translation (1867); ‘The Centenary of American Methodism’ (1865); ‘The Women of Methodism,’ etc. (1866); ‘Madame de Staël’ (2 vols., 1881); ‘Character Sketches’ (1882); ‘Christian Work’; ‘Tales from the Parsonage’; etc.