Nathan Bangs, D. D., an American clergyman, born at Stratford, Conn., May 2, 1778, died May 3, 1862. He entered the itinerant ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1801. After seven years of labor in the Canadian provinces, and a term of ministerial service in the Albany district, he was appointed to the city of New York in 1810. He was elected in 1820 agent of the Methodist book concern, and editor of the books published by this house. After an official term of eight years, he was chosen editor of the "Christian Advocate and Journal." In 1829 he was elected bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church in Canada, but declined the appointment. From 1832 to 1836 he was editor of the "Methodist Magazine " and "Quarterly Review," having also been continued in the editorial supervision of the books published by the book concern since 1820. From 1836 to 1841 he was secretary of the Methodist missionary society, and then became president of the Wesleyan university, at Mid-dletown, Conn. Resigning this office, he returned to the regular pastoral work, and remained a member of the New York conference to the time of his death.
Dr. Bangs was the author of numerous controversial works, among which are "The Errors of Hopkinsianism," "Predestination Examined," "Reformer Reformed," "Life of Arminius," etc. He also wrote the "Life of the Rev. Freeborn Garrett-son," "History of Missions," "Original Church of Christ," "Letters on Sanctification," and a "History of the Methodist Episcopal Church " (4 vols. 12mo), a standard work.