Biography of Rev. Samuel McGerald
Erie County, NY Biographies


McGerald, Rev. Samuel, D. D., Buffalo, was born in County Antrim, Ireland, June 20, 1833, and came to this country when he was twelve years old. He was educated at the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima and at the Rochester Collegiate Institute, and in August, 1856. entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, which he served in a pastoral capacity for nearly thirty years. He was stationed successively at Conesus, Bath, Warsaw, Medina, Albion, Tonawanda, and Buffalo, in the Western New York conference, and in each place won high honors as an able, eloquent and fearless preacher of the gospel. In 1885 he became the editor and proprietor of the Christian Advocate, the name of which he changed to the Christian Uplook, and which, under his management and editorial care, has become one of the best denominational papers in the State. This publication was established in 1847, and now has a circulation of over 10,000. Dr. McGerald was a delegate to the general conference of the M. E. church at New York in 1888 and at Omaha in 1893, and in the latter year the Nebraska University conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity. He was one of the original "Chautauquans" in 1874 and has been prominently indentified with that work ever since. August 19, 1858, he married Eunice Ada Durand, of Canandaigua, N. Y., and their children are Arthur D., business manager of the Christian Uplook, of Buffalo; Agnes, wife of Prof. W. M. Pierce, of Lima Seminary; and Willis E., a member of the editorial staff of the Chicago Record.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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