Peter Cartwright


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(1785–1872), Virginia-born Methodist preacher, an outstanding leader of frontier camp meetings, for some 50 years rode the circuits of Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress against Abraham Lincoln (1846). He published three vivid autobiographical works: Autobiography (1857); The Backwoods Preacher (1858); and Fifty Years as a Presiding Elder (1871).

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