Born in the Ards, County Down on 8 August 1819. He had a unique authority and influence in the Irish Conference for much of the later nineteenth century. He was a leader in every movement of importance, notably the introduction of lay representation in the Conference and union with the Primitive Wesleyans. For 24 years he was associated with what became the Home Mission Fund, and as General Secretary of the united Church after 1878 he guided the redistribution of ministerial staff, the amalgamation of circuits and the disposal of redundant property. He had the unique honour of being elected to the Irish vice-presidency on four occasions. He died in Dublin on 13 March 1899.