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CAVEN, William, educator, born in Kirkcolm, Wigtonshire, Scotland, 26 December, 1830. He immigrated to Canada with his father in 1847, studied for the ministry of the United Presbyterian church in their seminary at London, Ontario, and was ordained in 1852. He was appointed professor of exegetical theology and biblical criticism in Knox College, Toronto, in 1866, and chairman of the College board in 1870. This title was changed to that of "principal" in 1873. Principal Caven was elected moderator of the Canada Presbyterian church in 1875, and in 1877 he succeeded Prof. Goldwin Smith as president of the Ontario teachers' association. He was a promoter of the union of the Presbyterian churches in Canada.
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