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ROBERTS, William Charles, clergyman, born in Alltmai, near Aberystwith, Wales, 23 September, 1832. He was educated in the Evans high-school in Wales, and was graduated at Princeton in 1855, at the Theological seminary in 1858, and in that year became pastor of the 1st Presbyterian church in Wilmington, Delaware He was called in 1862 to the 1st Presbyterian church, Columbus, Ohio, to a church in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1864, and to the Westminster church in that city in 1866. He was elected corresponding secretary of the board of home missions in 1881, was chairman of the committee that laid the foundations of Wooster university, Ohio, and declined the presidency of Rutgers college in 1882. In 1887 he became president of Lake Forest university, Illinois. He was a member of the first and third councils of the Reformed churches that met in Edinburgh and Belfast. From 1859 till 1863 he was a trustee of Lafayette college, and he has held the same relation to Princeton since 1866. He has travelled extensively in Europe, including Palestine, Turkey, and Egypt. Union college gave him the degree of D. D. in 1872, and Princeton that of LL.D. in 1887. Dr. Roberts is the author of letters on the great preachers of Wales (Utica, 1868); a translation of the shorter catechism into Welsh; numerous occasional sermons; and magazine articles in English, Welch, and German.
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