A PM newspaper, launched as the Primitive Methodist in 1868. It changed its name in 1905 to the Primitive Methodist Leader, incorporating its rival, the Primitive Methodist World, from 1908. In 1926 it was again renamed the Methodist Leader. In 1932 it amalgamated with the Methodist Times to form the Methodist Times and Leader, which was incorporated in the Methodist Recorder in 1937. Its founder, proprietor and for the first forty years its editor was the layman, F.H. Hurd, son of the PM minister James Hurd (1809-1892; e.m. 1830). But the most notable of its numerous editors was George Bennett (1856-1930; e.m. 1875) whose 25 years of editorship wielded great influence and moulded connexional opinion.
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