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WAUGH, BEVERLY (1789–1858). Beverly Waugh, first Methodist bishop of Texas, was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, on October 28, 1789, the son of James and Henrietta Waugh. He was educated in Virginia and from 1804 to 1807 was employed in a government office in Washington, D.C. In 1809 he was received on trial by the Methodist Conference in Baltimore and appointed to the Stafford Circuit. In 1811 he was transferred to Navy Yard Church in Washington. After service in Baltimore, Virginia, and again in Washington, he was made one of the general superintendents of the Methodist church in a general conference at Cincinnati in 1836 and presided over his first conference in June at Pawlet, Virginia. He served as president of the New England conference in 1837; in 1838 he attended a meeting of the bishops in New York City and was appointed to make a tour of the western conference. After holding conferences in Missouri and Arkansas, Waugh reached Galveston, Texas, in December 1840. He went to Austin, visited the Congress of the republic, preached in the Capitol on December 20, and on December 25, at Rutersville, presided over the first Methodist conference of Texas. Bishop Waugh resided in Baltimore from 1850 until his death there on February 9, 1858. He was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery.


Theodore Flood and John W. Hamilton, eds., Lives of the Methodist Bishops (New York: Phillips and Hunt, 1882).

Claudia Hazlewood

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Claudia Hazlewood, "WAUGH, BEVERLY," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.