Biography of Rev. William W. McLane
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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.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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