Biography of the Rev. John B. Donaldson
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

Rev. John B. Donaldson is of Scotch descent. His American ancestors were Pennsylvians, and his great grandfather fell in the Revolutionary war. His father was a missionary at Bluffton, Indiana, where John was born, January 9th, 1852. He fitted for college at Elder's Ridge Academy in Pennsylvania,. and entered Wabash college at Crawfordsvulle, Indiana, in 1870. Graduating from college four years later he entered Alleghany Theological Seminary, remaining one year, then completed his theological education at Union Seminary, New York city,. graduating in 1877. He then was sent as a missionary to Ashland, Oregon. There he labored fifteen months.with marked success. September 20th, 1880, Rev. Donaldson came to Hastings, having since remained as pastor of the PEesbyterian church. He arrived in season to be instrumental in building the new edifice and to see every debt removed. In 1878 he was united in marriage with Mary, daughter of Rev. Dr. Sample of Minneapolis. They have one child, bearing the name, Robert Sample.


From:
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.


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