nounNorth American historical
A clergyman who travelled on horseback from church to church, especially within a rural Methodist circuit.
- My great-grandfather was a Methodist circuit rider in Texas.
- He'd learned that a Baptist circuit rider had spoken out against phrenology, calling it an enemy of Christian religion.
- And in the 1770s, circuit riders such as the Reverend Devereux Jarrett organized thousands into Methodist societies, mostly in Maryland and Virginia.
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