John Cennick was born in Berkshire, England in 1718. At the age of 17 he joined the Methodist church and became a preacher.
Edward Caswell was the translator of many popular hymns. He was born in Hampshire, England in 1814 and graduated from Oxford in 1836.
Henry Burton, a Methodist minister, was born in 1840 in the house where his grandmother, in 1818 organized the first Wesleyan juvenile missionary society.
William Cullen Bryant, American editor and poet, was born in Massachusetts in 1794. He studied law and practiced for about ten years.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, scarcely less famous as a poet than her illustrious husband, Robert Browning, was born in London in 1809. In 1846 she and her husband moved to Italy where she lived until her death in 1861.
Phoebe Hinsdale Brown was born in 1783 in Canaan, New York. Being left an orphan when only two years of age, her early life was one of want, hardship, and drudgery. At the age of nine she went to live with a relative who kept a county jail. “These were years of intense and cruel suffering,” wrote her son. “The tale of her early life is a narrative of such deprivations, toil, and cruel treatment as it breaks my heart to read.”
Phillips Brooks, a bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, was born in Boston in 1835. He graduated from Harvard College in 1855 and then attended the Episcopal School of Theology in Alexandria, Virginia.
Matthew Bridges was an Englishman born in Essex, England in 1800. He was educated in the Church of England but became a convert to the Catholic Church in connection with the famous Tractarian movement led by Cardinal Newman and others.
Horatius Bonar, a distinguished Presbyterian minister, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1808. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, was ordained in 1837, and became a minister of the Established Church at Kelso.
Edward Henry Bickersteth, a bishop of the Church of England, was born in Islington, England in 1825. He graduated from Cambridge University and took holy orders in the Church of England in 1848.