“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Shipman in Nelson County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Peter Cartwright

(1 Sept. 1785 – 25 Sept. 1872)

Peter Cartwright Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
1. Peter Cartwright Marker
Inscription. Known for helping to develop Methodism as a circuit rider in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois, Peter Cartwright was born three miles southeast. His library, which he carried in his saddlebag, included a Bible, a hymnal, and The Book of Discipline. Lacking formal education himself he encouraged it in others; several Midwestern colleges count him as a founder. In 1828 he was elected to the Illinois General Assembly. In 1832, he was one of four candidates elected in a field of thirteen; Abraham Lincoln ran eighth and lost. In 1846, Lincoln defeated Cartwright for Congress.
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number OQ-6.)
Location. 37° 43.153′ N, 78° 49.632′ W. Marker is near Shipman, Virginia, in Nelson County. Marker is at the intersection of James River Road (U.S. 56) and Findlay Mountain Road (County Route 647), on the right when traveling east on James River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shipman VA 22971, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nelson County World War Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Nelson County World War II Memorial
Peter Cartwright Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
2. Peter Cartwright Marker
(approx. 3.6 miles away); Nelson County Civil War Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lovingston (approx. 3.7 miles away); Oak Ridge Estates (approx. 4½ miles away); Birthplace of Rives (approx. 4½ miles away); Boyhood Home of Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin (1869-1939) (approx. 5.3 miles away); Cabellsville (approx. 6.2 miles away).
Also see . . .  Peter Cartwright, Revivalist. Wikipedia entry. “Father of Illinois Methodism.” “Cartwright was charismatic; he pursued a divine calling, not a profession. His conversion of others to Methodism, rather than his own education, gained him admission to the ministry and verified his methods. His sermons were always extemporaneous, anecdotal, and participatory. He was a master of charismatic domination and used it effectively to create the ecstatic conversion required to be reborn. He opposed the routinization and institutionalization of religion and favored the more democratic, egalitarian, and associational form of the frontier circuits. Theologically he was an Arminian, and was convinced that all people could be saved, especially through the camp meeting revival.”
Methodist Clergyman Peter Cartwright image. Click for full size.
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3. Methodist Clergyman Peter Cartwright
Illustration in the 1897 book A Youth’s History of Kentucky for School and General Reading by Ed Porter Thompson.
(Submitted on August 21, 2011.) 
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