Burton, Henry, a Methodist minister, born
in 1840 at Swannington, Leicestershire, in
the house where his grandmother, Mrs.
James Burton, in 1818 organized the first
Wesleyan juvenile missionary society. His
parents moving to America in his boyhood,
he was educated at Beloit College, Wisconsin.
After his graduation he became a local
preacher in the Methodist Episcopal
Church and acted as a supply for the
brother of Miss Frances E. Willard and
also for six months as pastor at Monroe,
Wis., after which he returned to England,
and in 1865 entered the Wesleyan ministry.
His labors have been chiefly in Lancashire
and London. He married the sister
of Rev. Mark Guy Pearse, the well-known
Wesleyan preacher and author. He
is the author of the commentary on St.
Luke in the Expositor's Bible series of commentaries
and also of Gleanings in the
Gospels and Wayside Songs, 1886. In
1900 he received the degree of Doctor of
Divinity from Beloit College. His famous
little poem titled "Pass It On" has been set
to music by no less than ten different composers.
His present address is Charnwood,
West Kirby, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England.
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