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WILEY, Isaac William, M. E. bishop, born in Lewistown. Pa., 29 March, 1825; died in Foochow, China, in November, 1884. At fourteen years of age he went to an academy to fit for college, hoping to be a minister, and in his eighteenth year he was licensed as lay preacher. Owingto impaired health, he gave up the idea of entering the ministry, and in 1844 he was graduated at the medical department of the University of the city of New York. In 1846 he began medical practice in western Pennsylvania, where he continued several years with success. In 1850 he offered himself as a minister to the Philadelphia conference, but there was no room for him. At this time Dr. John P. Durbin, hearing of his abilities as a physician and his desire to enter the ministry, induced him to go to China as medical missionary. At Foochow, in 1853, his wife died, and in the following year he brought back his motherless children to the United States. He entered the ministry in New Jersey, and, after filling pastorates for four years, became principal of Pennington seminary, which post he filled until 1863. In 1864 the general conference elected him editor of the "Ladies' Repository," published in Cincinnati. In 1872 he was made bishop. As a pastor Dr. Wiley was useful and highly respected, as principal of a seminary he was greatly beloved, and as an editor his taste was excellent and his style chaste. As a bishop he was prudent, deliberate, and clear, and seldom fell into any error either of the interpretation of constitutional or parliamentary law, or the selection of men for particular posts. He died in China on an episcopal tour to the missions that he had done so much to found. His death took place in a house on the very lot that he had occupied as a missionary thirty-two years before. Bishop Wiley received the degree of D. D. from Wesleyan university in 1864, and that of LL.D. from Ohio Wesleyan university in 1879. He published "The Fallen Missionaries of Fuh-Chau" (New York, 1858), and "Religion in the Family"; and among other works edited Reverend Thomas R. Birks's "The Bible and Moslem Thought" (Cincinnati, 1864) ; " The Life and Work of Earnest Men," by Reverend W. K. Tweedie (1864); and Friedrich Tholuck's "Christ of the Gospels and of Criticism" (1865).
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