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The burgeoning Methodist Church adds a second new conference in Tennessee.

Tennessee, 1857, zoomable map
10/11/1866

Following the remarkable rise of the Methodist Episcopal Church's Holston Conference in eastern Tennessee, which had grown from its founding in early 1865 to more than eighteen thousand members, a second Methodist Conference was organized in Tennessee called the "Tennessee Conference." Founded on this date the new conference already had almost twenty-eight hundred members. The Methodists, an anti-slavery denomination before the war, were growing strongly across the South.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Methodists," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 489,

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