November 2, 1834, Knox County, Indiana.

August 11, 1897, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He died from malaria, contracted on a visit to South Carolina.

Merion Memorial Park, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.


Embry was converted in 1855 in Galena, Illinois, and was licensed to preach in 1856. He became a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in 1863, joined the Annual Conference in 1864, was ordained a deacon in 1866, and was appointed an elder in 1870. He was elected AME Secretary of Education in 1876, Financial Secretary in 1879, business manager of the Publication Department in 1884, and became the 25th AME bishop at Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1896.

Embry was a vital force in the early days of the AME Church: He built the AME Publishing House in Philadelphia; purchased the Southern Christian Recorder for the AME, was a member of the First Ecumenical Conference on Methodism in London in 1881, and published the revised Allen AME Church Hymnal in 1892.

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