Reverend Francis Asbury
The Reverend Francis Asbury holds a small book, presumably a religious text, in this 1814 engraving. The most influential Methodist organizer in America, Francis Asbury began a forty-five-year American ministry in 1771. He and Thomas Coke were named the first bishops of the American Methodist Episcopal Church, which was formally created at a 1784 Christmas conference in Baltimore.
Asbury was reluctant to have an image made of himself, considering it an act of vanity. A contemporary described him as follows: