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A clergyman who travelled on horseback from church to church, especially within a rural Methodist circuit.
- ‘The Methodists flourished through their system of circuit riders, in which one trained clergy person supervised the work of numerous congregations.’
- ‘And in the 1770s, circuit riders such as the Reverend Devereux Jarrett organized thousands into Methodist societies, mostly in Maryland and Virginia.’
- ‘He very likely heard such famous circuit riders as Havens and Cartwright, as they were not strangers to south central Indiana and the Wabash River valley.’
- ‘My great-grandfather was a Methodist circuit rider in Texas.’
- ‘He'd learned that a Baptist circuit rider had spoken out against phrenology, calling it an enemy of Christian religion.’
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