On this date, March 24, 1816, Francis Asbury preached his last sermon. He would die a week later.

He attended a Methodist Conference when John Wesley asked for volunteers to go to America. Wesley ended up selecting Asbury. 

When Asbury arrived he developed circuits and rode five thousand miles a year preaching. He distributed thousands of pieces of literature, preached seventeen thousand sermons, ordained three thousand preachers, and founded five colleges, becoming America’s first Methodist bishop. 

He is buried in Baltimore Maryland in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Asbury, preacher of 17,000 sermons

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