Born: April 29, 1847, Bedfordshire, England.
Died: July 29, 1929, Providence, Rhode Island.
Buried: Possibly Providence, Rhode Island.
At age 17, Wesley began writing for metropolitan and local papers. By age 22, he was special correspondent for the New York Times in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a contributor to the Constitucion and Intereses Argentionos and the Standard.
While in Buenos Aires, Wesley was licensed to preach by the Methodist Episcopal Church. For a number of years, he managed the Club Estrangeiro.
Emigrating to America in the early 1870s, he attended Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, New Jersey, and held pastorates in Monsey, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Providence, Rhode Island.
For 10 years he was a regular contributor to Gospel in All Lands, the Baptist Union and other religious and secular papers.
He was editor of the Young People’s Department of the Morning Star of Boston, Massachusetts, from 1895 to around 1911.
In 1873, Wesley married Angelete Coe of Newark, New Jersey. By 1880, he was teaching school in Harrington, New Jersey. By 1900, he and his family had moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where they lived through at least 1920.
Wesley wrote 5–600 hymns, and nearly 2,000 articles, chiefly on religious and theological subjects. About a hundred of his poems were set to music.
Many of his earlier poems appeared in the Nashville and New York Christian Advocate.
He also wrote Songs of the Heart, Steps into the Blessed Life, and a number of tracts.
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