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McLAREN, Donald Campbell, clergyman, born in New York city, 3 October, 1794; died in Geneva, New York, 7 May, 1882. He was graduated at Union college in 1813, studied theology under Reverend John M. Mason in New York, and held pastorates in Cambridge and Caledonia, New York He was moderator of the general assembly of the Associate Reformed church at the meeting in Pittsburg, when by union with the Associate church the United Presbyterian church was formed. Jefferson college, Washington, Pennsylvania, gave him the degree of D. D. in 1857. In addition to pamphlets and sermons he published a new version of the "Book of Psalms" (Rochester, 1877).--His son, Robert Nell, soldier, born in Geneva, New York, 9 April, 1828 ; died in St. Paul, Minnesota, 30 July, 1886, was educated at Union, which he left before graduation, and went to Oregon, and subsequently removed to Red Wing, Minnesota, in 1856, where he became a grain-commissioner. In 1859-'61 he was a member of the Minnesota senate. He removed to St. Paul about the beginning of the Sioux war, for which he raised the 6th Minnesota regiment, of which he was captain. He became major and served in General Henry H. Sibley's expedition across the northwestern plains and participated in a similar expedition under General Alfred Sully in after years. He served in the civil war, was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers for meritorious service on 14 December, 1865, and was post-commandant at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, when the Indian chiefs Little Six and Medicine Hat were hanged. After the war he became collector of internal revenue for Minnesota and United States marshal for that state. He was chairman of the state central Republican committee and was a recognized leader of that party.--His nephew, William Edward, P. E. bishop, born in Geneva, New York, 13 December, 1831. He was graduated at Washington and Jefferson college, Washington, Pennsylvania, in 1851, and for six years thereafter was occupied in teaching and in journalistic work. He then went to the Alleghany Presbyterian theological seminary, where he was graduated in 1860, became a Presbyterian minister, and was a missionary to Bogotg, South America, for three years. On his return to the United States he continued ministerial work in Peoria, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan" but having become involved in doubt as to his position in the Presbyterian ministry, he concluded, after careful study, to enter the Protestant Episcopal church. He was made deacon, 29 July, 1872, and ordained priest, 20 October, 1872. Directly after his ordination he accepted a call to Trinity church, Cleveland, Ohio. In September, 1875, he was elected bishop of Illinois, and consecrated in the cathedral church of St. Peter and St. Paul, in Chicago, Illinois, 6 December, 1875. With his consent, two new dioceses were named in Illinois in 1877--those of Quincy and Springfield--and he retained that part of the state that is now called the diocese of Chicago. He received the degree of S. T. D. from Racine college in 1873, and that of D. ***C. L. from the University of the south in 1883. During his episcopate, church work has been active and effective, and the founding of the Western theological seminary of Chicago, with an endowment of $225,000, is regarded as an important aid with reference to the future of the Episcopal church in the west. Bishop McLaren has published "Catholic Dogma the Antidote of Doubt " (New York, 1884), besides numerous sermons, addresses, and poems.
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