: This engraving depicts a circuit rider on horseback as he crosses a small creek. A circuit rider was a clergyman who travels from church to church, especially in a rural district. The Methodist ministerial role was originated in England by John Wesley.
The first of the American circuit riders was Robert Strawbridge, who arrived in the colonies in 1764. A few years later Wesley sent missionaries to the American colonies, but most of them departed when revolution threatened. The name of the rider depicted in this drawing is unknown. View on Ohio Memory.
: SC1098_01 Subjects
: Religion in Ohio; Religious services; Clergy; Horses; Places
: 'The Itinerant' illustration