BISHOP WILLIAM McKENDREE William McKendree Was Born In King William County In 17 ...
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Description: BISHOP WILLIAM McKENDREE William McKendree was born in King William County in 1757 . He soon moved with his family to present day Greensville County , and later served in the Revolutionary War . In 1786 , the county licensed him to keep a tavern at his house ( 12 miles south ) . The next year , transformed by the Second Great Awakening , McKendree entered the Methodist ministry as a circuit rider . In 1790 , Francis Asbury ordained him Deacon . McKendree became presiding elder in the Western Conference extending from western Virginia to Illinois in 1800 . In 1808 , he became the first native born American elected Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal ( now United Methodist ) Church . He died on 5 March 1835 . Department of Historic Resources , 1995