William Thompson (Methodist)
|President of the Methodist Conference|
|Preceded by||John Wesley|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Mather|
|Died||May 1, 1799|
|Known for||First President of the Methodist Conference after Wesley|
During his early ministry he endured persecution including imprisonment and the impressment of several of his hearers into the Royal Navy. They were subsequently released through the intervention of the Lady Huntingdon.
After his term as President of the Methodist Conference, Thompson was involved with the sacramental controversy of the early 1790s. His pen drafted the Plan of Pacification of 1795, which arose out of disputes between the Methodist societies and the Church of England over the status of travelling preachers and the administration of the sacraments, fomenting their separation.
- Kelly, C. H. (1891), Wesley and his successors: a centenary memorial of the death of John Wesley, London, pp 23-24
- The Methodist Archives Biographical Index William Thompson (1733-99) University of Manchester Library
- Methodist Church of Great Britain, Separation from the Church of England, accessed 1 December 2019