(1830–1902), Congregational divine. A native of Hexham, he was for a time a Wesleyan local preacher, but in 1852 returned to Congregationalism and became an assistant to John Campbell at the Moorfields Tabernacle in London. After ministering at Banbury (1853–8) and Manchester (1858–69), he accepted in 1869 a call to the Poultry Street Chapel, where his power and dramatic oratory in the pulpit attracted a large congregation. By 1874 he had completed the City Temple on Holborn Viaduct, and here ministered with great influence until his death. His publications include The People's Bible (25 vols., 1883–95); Ecce Deus (1867), a reply to J. R. Seeley's Ecce Homo; A Preacher's Life (1899), autobiographical; and many volumes of sermons. Throughout his life he was a strong advocate of temperance.
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.