REV. WILLIAM W. McLANE, NEW HAVEN: Pastor College Street Congregational Church.
Rev. William W. McLane was born in Indiana Co., Pa., Nov. 13, 1846. His father was of Scotch ancestry and his mother
of English descent, the original members of her family having come to Philadelphia with Wm. Penn or his immediate
followers. Mr. McLane grew up in the country and was trained in the Presbyterian faith. He was graduated Bachelor
and Master of Arts from Blackburn University, graduated in theology from the Western Theological Seminary in Allegheny,
and subsequently took the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Vale University for special studies in biology and
philosophy. He received the degree of DAD. from his alma mater in 1882. He taught one year in an academy and two
years in college before entering the seminary, and stood at the head of a large class numbering almost fifty when
he graduated in theology. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in May, 1874, and continued in that denomination
nine years, spending the last five as pastor of the Second Presbyterian church, Steubenville, O., then the largest
Presbyterian church in that part of the state. He then left the Presbyterian denomination and has been pastor of
College Street Congregational church, New Haven, since January, 1884. Dr. McLane has been twice married, his last
wife, nee Miss Fanny Robinson, being a descendant of the family of John Robinson the Pilgrim pastor. She is also
descended on her mother's side from Governor Bradford and on the father's from Governor Carvers. Her ancestors
have formed almost an unbroken line of ministers. There are in the family five children, ally boys, two being sons
of the first wife and three sons of the second. Dr. McLane is the author of a book on theology, and has contributed
articles to the leading religious newspapers and to different magazines. Several sermons and addresses of his have
also been published.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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