Edward Manning was a Baptist minister during the formative years of Baptist development in the Maritimes.
Manning came to Falmouth, Nova Scotia about 1769, at age 3, with his Irish Catholic family. The New Light movement begun by Henry Alline had a tremendous impact on Manning. He was converted in 1789 and shortly thereafter served as pastor with the New Light Congregational Church and later became a Baptist minister.
In 1800, he was a founder of the Nova Scotia Baptist Association. The steady influence of Edward Manning combined with the driving enthusiasm of Halifax Baptists led to the founding of Horton Academy (1828) and Acadia College (1838). He also provided leadership and encouragement in the movement towards Baptist home and foreign missions and in the temperance movement.
Throughout his 40-year ministry Manning’s congregation never managed to pay him an adequate salary. He farmed and doctored his neighbours to augment his uncertain income.
Manning kept a detailed journal throughout much of his life (1795-1846) as well as copies of many of his letters. The journal makes many refeneces to his physical condition and his expected death but he actually lived to age 84 and died in 1851 in Upper Canard, N.S.