Clergyman; Methodist bishop; founder of the modern Sunday School movement and the Chatauqua institution.. Born– February 23, 1832, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; moved to Pennsylvania with his family at the age of six.  Parents– John Himrod and Mary (Raser) Vincent. Married–  Sarah Elizabeth Dusenbury, November 10, 1858. Children– One. Education– Lewisburg, Academy;  Wesleyan Institute, Newark, N.J., and special tutors.    Began preaching at eighteen, in the Methodist Episcopal Church; ordained deacon, 1855. Preached in Maryland, New Jersey and Illinois. Founder of Chautauqua Assembly, Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. Established Northwestern Sunday School Quarterly, 1865; Sunday School Teacher, 1866. Corresponding secretary, Sunday School Union, 1868-1888. Elected bishop 1888; stationed in Buffalo, N.Y., and Topeka, Kan. Bishop in Charge of European work of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1890-1904. Awarded honorary A.B. from Mt. Union College, 1875; S.T.D. Ohio Wesleyan, 1870; D.D., Harvard, 1896; LL.D., Washington & Jefferson, 1885. Died May 9, 1920.


Who was Who in America, Vol. 1. National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. 24.


At the Table Altar; Meditations. New York; Fleming H. Revell, 1896.

Better Not. New York; Funk & Wagnall Co., 1887.

The Chautauqua Movement. Boston; Chautauqua Press, 1886.

The Chautauqua Normal Guide. New York; Hitchcock & Walden, 1872.

The Church and Its Officers. Cincinnati; Hitchcock & Walden, 1872.

The Church at Home. Cincinnati; Curtis & Jennings, 1898.

The Church School and Sunday School Institutes. Cincinnati; Cranston & Stowe, s.d.

The Country Sunday School. Cincinnati; Hitchcock & Walden, 1871.

Earthly Footprints of the Man of Galilee. St. Louis; N.D. Thompson Pub. Co., 1893.

Family Worship for Every Day in the Year. New York; Christian Herald, 1905.

First Year With Jesus (Senior Grade); Historical Outline, Journeys and Miracles. Cincinnati; Hitchcock & Walden, 1869.

Greek History. Cincinnati; Hitchcock & Walden, 1879.

The Home Book for Very Little People. New York; Phillips & Hunt, 1887.

The Inner Life; a Study in Christian Experience. Boston; United Society of Christian Endeavor, 1900.

Society of Christian Endeavor, 1900.

The Modern Sunday School. New York; Phillips & Hunt, 1887.

Opening and Closing Services for Five Sundays. New York; Hiblow and Main, 1878.

Outline History of Greece. New York; Chautauqua Press, 1888.

Outline History of Rome. New York; Chautauqua Press, 1889,

Roman History. Cincinnati; Hitchcock & Walden, 1879.

The Second Year with Jesus. New York; Sunday School Union, 1868.

Studies in Pedagogy for People Who Are Not Professional Teachers. New York; W. B. Ketcham, 1890.

Studies in Young Life. New York; Phillips & Hunt, 1887.

Sunday School Institute and Normal Classes. New York; Carlton & Lanahan, 1872.

The Sunday School Reader for Opening Services…. New York; Carlton & Porter, 1866.

To Old Bethlehem. Meadville, Pa; Flood & G. E. Vincent, 1890.

Two Letters to a Minister. New York; Hunt & Eaton, 1893.

Two Years with Jesus. New York; Carlton & Porter, 1867.

Unto Him. New York; F. H. Revell, 1899.

A Year With Moses. New York; Carlton & Lanaham, 1870.


A collection of the papers of John Heyl Vincent and other members of his family is held by Bridwell Library at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.