Enoch Mudge

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Enoch Mudge (1776–1850) was the first Methodist minister reared in New England. He was born at Lynn, Mass., was converted under Jesse Lee, the pioneer of Methodism in New England, and entered the ministry in 1793. He labored as an itinerant preacher in Maine until 1799, when his health gave way and he was forced to retire. He was twice chosen State Representative and had much to do with the passage of the Religious Freedom Bill. In 1814 he was chaplain to a militia regiment that participated in the Battle of Hampden during the War of 1812.[1] In 1816 he resumed preaching. From 1832 to 1844 he was pastor of the Seaman's Chapel at New Bedford, Mass. He was the father of Thomas H. Mudge and the uncle of Zachariah A. Mudge.


  1. ^ "The Battle of Hampden" Harry Chapman, Sprague's Journal of Maine History, vol. II, no. 4 (Oct., 1914)

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