Leonidas Lent Hamline (pronounced as if it were ''Hamlin'') (1797 in Burlington, Connecticut
– 1865) was an American Methodist Episcopal bishop
and a lawyer. He is the eponym of Hamline University
in St. Paul, Minnesota
, and of Hamline Avenue and Hamline United Methodist Church, also in St. Paul.
Hamline studied for the ministry, but afterward studied law, and practiced for a while in Ohio
. He became a preacher in the Methodist
church in 1830. In 1844, when the Methodist church divided over slavery
, he was a member of the General Conference
, the church's legislative body, and drew up the plan of separation.
He provided US$25,000 of his own money to launch a school, which became Hamline University
. A statue of the bishop, sculpted by Michael Price, Professor of Art, stands on campus.
Hamline was the first editor of the long-running 19th century Cincinnati
-based periodical, ''The Ladies' Repository, and Gatherings of the West''
A number of his sermons are given in the ''Works of L. L. Hamline, D. D.'', edited by Rev. F. G. Hibbard, D. D., (two volumes, 1869).
* W. C. Palmer, ''Life and Letters of Leonidas L. Hamline, D. D.'', (New York, 1866)
*List of Bishops of the United Methodist Church
* Leete, Frederick DeLand, Methodist Bishops. Nashville
, The Methodist Publishing House, 1948.
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Category:People from Burlington, Connecticut