Luther Lee was a religious reformer, born in Schoharie, New York. His mother was raised in the home of Joseph Bellamy, the famous New England divine and protégé of Jonathan Edwards. In 1822 he received a license to preach in the Methodist Church. He became well known as a camp-meeting preacher and as a public debater on theological issues. In 1837, after the mob killing of abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy, Lee became convinced of the evils of slavery. He began to use his persuasive skills for the antislavery cause, both as a speaker and as a writer of abolitionist articles in the religious press. In 1838 and 1839 he was a full-time traveling agent for the New York State Antislavery Society. In the split between the supporters of William Lloyd Garrison's "nonresistant" brand of abolitionism and the supporters of political abolitionism, Lee championed the latter position. For the twenty years between Scott's death in 1847 and Lee's return to the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1867, Lee was the most visible leader of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection. He continued his abolitionist activities by assisting runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad and by preaching a stirring funeral oration at John Brown's gravesite. Lee spent the last ten years of his active ministry back in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He led several congregations before retiring to Flint, Michigan, where he died.