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Rev Lorenzo Dow Bentley

Rev Lorenzo Dow Bentley

Birth
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1 Mar 1891 (aged 78)
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 17302661 · View Source
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Rev. Lorenzo Dow Bentley was the son of Rev. David Niles and Letitia (Gardiner) Bentley. He was the husband of Clarissa A. (Perkins) Bentley. He was a minister in the Providence Conference and New England Southern Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Obituary
Unidentified Newsclipping - 1891
BENTLEY.--The Rev. Lorenzo Dow Bentley, son of the late Rev. David N. and Letitia (Gardiner) Bentley, was born in Norwich, Conn., February 13, 1813, and died suddenly of pneumonia in his native city March 1, 1891. Brother Bentley inherited a sturdy, sensible manhood and from such material good ministers are made. He had been a disbeliever until past his earliest manhood. He was so deeply interested with the scenes connected with the death-bed of ex-President Jackson, and especially with a profession of his faith in Christ, that he commenced an investigation of the religion of Christ. By reading the Bible and earnest prayer, under the enlightening of the Holy Spirit, he was convinced of the truth of the Scriptures and the importance of a change of heart. That great prince among revivalists, the Rev. Jabez Swan, came to the city to hold a "protracted meeting." Mr. Bentley, after having settled some preliminary questions in regard to what he could not do and what he would do and what he would be, earnestly sought the Lord and had a marvelous conversion. Early in the afternoon he bowed in prayer, and remained upon his knees until light began to dawn. His father was sent for to unite his prayers and faith with other Christians and with the penitent.
At once he became an active worker. In a few months he began to preach, having become satisfied that he was divinely called to the ministry. He disposed of his secular business, and entered upon his work at considerable sacrifice. In the spring of 1847 he became a probationer in what was then Providence Conference. With the assurance that his call was from God he went forth expecting success. Indeed, he had a holy passion for souls. Many were given him as seals of his ministry. Such was his deep solicitude for the work during a revival campaign, we have heard him state in the morning that he was not conscious of having slept a moment during the night. In his own charges and where he assisted ministerial brethren he led many hundreds to Christ. As a preacher, he was methodical, scriptural, logical, instructive and fearless. Sometimes his sermons were attended by a pathos and unction almost over-awing and over- whelming. He had such exalted ideas of the sacredness of his calling, he could not, he dared not, do otherwise than declare all the counsel of God as he understood it. No hope of popular favor or advantage could induce him to tone down the revealed truth of God. For thirty-three consecutive years he continued in the effective ranks, and did his work faithfully. In 1880 he took a supernumerary relation, which he sustained until his decease. For years he had been accustomed to supply on the Sabbath for ministers and aid in revival work without compensation, and in some instances accepting nothing for the expense of travel. His funeral was attended in the Central Methodist Episcopal Church March 3. The Rev. E. Tirrel, Presiding Elder of Norwich District, had charge of the services, and was assisted by the Revs. J. Tregaskis, George H. Bates, F. L. Hayward, E. B. Bradford, and the writer. The Rev. Mr. Hamilton, of New England Conference, who was converted under his labors, offered prayer at the house and appropriately sat with the relatives as a mourner.
Written by Rev. J. F. Sheffield

Bio by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert



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  • Maintained by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
  • Originally Created by: Superkentman
  • Added: 5 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17302661
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Lorenzo Dow Bentley (13 Feb 1813–1 Mar 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17302661, citing Norwich City Cemetery, Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Mary Jane Haight-Eckert (contributor 46560908) .