James Samuel Thomas

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James Samuel Thomas
Resident Bishop
Church United Methodist Church
See Ohio East Episcopal Area
In office 1976–88
Predecessor Francis Enmer Kearns
Successor Edwin Charles Boulton
Personal details
Born April 8, 1919
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Died October 10, 2010(2010-10-10) (aged 91)
Previous post Resident Bishop, Iowa Area,

James Samuel Thomas (April 8, 1919 – October 10, 2010[1]) was an American bishop in The Methodist Church (now The United Methodist Church). When elected in 1964, he was the youngest Methodist Bishop to date.

His first appointment as Bishop was in Iowa, where he served from 1964 to 1976, becoming the first black bishop of the North Central Jurisdiction of The Methodist Church. He last served as the Resident Bishop of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church from 1976 until 1988, retiring in 1988.

In 2002, the Iowa Senate passed a resolution honoring Bishop Thomas. In its citation, the Senate extended

"its thanks and congratulations to Bishop James S. Thomas and his family for their service to The United Methodist Church and to the State of Iowa, and acknowledges the work of Bishop James S. Thomas for the advancement of civil rights in Iowa and in the nation."

The resolution was presented to Bishop Thomas on his birthday in the same year.[2]

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Francis Enmer Kearns
Resident Bishop, Ohio East Area, United Methodist Church
Succeeded by
Edwin Charles Boulton