Leuidas Lent HAMLINE, an American clergyman, born in Burlington, Conn., May 10, 1797, died at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, March 23, 1865. He was educated for the ministry of the Presbyterian church, but subsequently studied law, and was admitted to the bar at Lancaster, Ohio, in 1827. In 1830 he joined the Methodist Episcopal church, entered the ministry, and in 1840 was elected by the general conference assistant editor of the "Western Christian Advocate" (Cincinnati) and first editor of the "Ladies' Repository." He was a delegate to the general conference of 1844, when the slavery agitations resulted in the division of the church. Mr. Hamline was one of the committee of pacification or conference, and also was appointed upon the committee of nine to whom was intrusted the preparation of a plan of separation, and was himself the author of that plan. 1 ho argument which he then made on the right of the general conference to depose a bishop from office, for such good and sufficient reasons as it may determine, embodied the constitutional principles that have generally been accepted by the Methodist Episcopal church from that time.
At the same conference he was elected bishop, in which office he continued till 1852, when he resigned on account of ill health, in accordance with a principle that he had powerfully advocated in 1844, viz., that the episcopacy of the Methodist Episcopal church is not an order, but an office. From 1856 he resided at Mt. Pleasant. Bishop Hamline's writings are largely devoted to the defence and illustration of the Wesleyan doctrine of sanctification. A collection of them has been made by the Rev. F. G. Hibbard, D. D. ("Works," etc, 2 vols., New York, 1871), who had previously edited a volume of his sermons (Cincinnati, 1869). - See "Life and Letters of L. L. Hamline, D. D.," by W. 0. Palmer (New York, 1868).