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DICKSON, James Anderson Ross, Canadian clergyman, born in Tranent, Scotland, 22 October 1839. He came to Canada in 1857, was educated at the Congregational College, Toronto, and at McGill College, Montreal, being graduated in 1865. Immediately afterward he was called to the Congregational Church in London, Ontario, where he remained for six years, during three of which he edited the "Gospel Message." In 1871 he was called to the Northern Congregational Church, Toronto, where he remained until 1879, when he became a Presbyterian. While in Toronto he was given the highest office in the gift of the Congregational Church, being elected chairman of the Congregational union of Ontario and Quebec in 1877. In 1879 he was called to the pastorate of a Presbyterian Church in Galt. He has been a prolific writer for religious journals, and many of his sermons and essays have been published.
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