Emory. I. John, a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church, born in Queen Anne's co., Md., April 11, 1789, died in Baltimore co., Dec. 16, 1835. He was admitted to the bar at the age of 19, but soon abandoned the legal profession, and in 1810 joined the Philadelphia conference. During the following ten years he filled important stations in Washington, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and other cities. In 1820 he was chosen the first delegated representative of the Methodist Episcopal church of America to the British Wesleyan conference. From 1824 to 1832 he was book agent and editor of the book concern in New York. In this difficult position he displayed a rare combination of intellectual power and culture with business habits, by which the embarrassments that had surrounded the concern from its organization were entirely removed and a better policy inaugurated. He was the originator of the publishing fund and the founder of the " Methodist Quarterly Review." In 1832 he was elected bishop. In this capacity he was especially active in forwarding the educational interests of the church, being one of the chief founders of Dickinson college and the originator of a plan designed to aid in the education of the sons of the clergy.
Besides contributing nearly every original article in the first two volumes of the "Methodist Quarterly Review," he wrote two pamphlets in reply to Bishop White's "Objections against Personal Assurance by the Holy Spirit;" "The Divinity of Christ vindicated against the Cavils of Mr. John Wright;" "The Defence of our Fathers;" and " The Episcopal Controversy Reviewed." His son published his biography with a collection of his writings (8vo, New York, ]841). II. Robert, an American clergyman, son of the preceding, born in Philadelphia, July 29, 1814, died in Baltimore, May 18,1848. He graduated at Columbia college in 1831, and commenced the study of law. In 1834 he was called to the chair of ancient languages in Dickinson college, resigned his professorship in 1839, and entered the Baltimore conference of the Methodist Episcopal church; but in 1842 he was recalled, as president pro tern., during the absence of President Durbin, upon whose resignation Dr. Emory was chosen his successor. This office he held until the close of his life.
Besides a life of his father, he wrote a " History of the Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church" (8vo, New York, 1843; revised and brought down to 1856 by the Rev. W. P. Strickland), and an unfinished " Analysis of Butler's Analogy," which was completed by the Rev. George R. Crooks (1856).