Biography of Dr. John R. Crosser
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Dr. John R. Crosser, minister of the Presbyterian Church, is an influential and highly esteemed citizen of Columbiana County. He was born in Wayne Township, Columbiana County, Feb. 18, 1856, and is the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Armstrong) Crosser.

The Armstrong family settled in Wayne Township in about 1790 and ranks among the well known pioneer families of this section. Benjamin Crosser was born at Lisbon, Ohio, and was a farmer. To Mr. and Mrs. Crosser the following children were born: Maggie and Martin, both deceased; Mary B., deceased, was the wife of John Norris, lives in Franklin Township, Columbiana County; John R., the subject of this sketch; Calvin, an attorney, lives at Buffalo, N. Y.; Anna, married Thomas Norris, lives in Hanover Township, Columbiana County; Emma, deceased; and Frank, lives in Wayne Township on the old homestead.

John R. Crosser received his education in the district schools and was graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 1882. Three years later he received his degree from the Union Theological Seminary, New York City, after which he took post-graduate work at Edinburgh College, Scotland. He also studied in Berlin, Germany, and from 1885 until 1891 was pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Portland, Maine. He was later located at Glens Falls, N. Y., Chicago, Ill., the American Church, Berlin, Germany; and Pasadena, Calif., and was with the American forces in France in 1917-18. Doctor Crosser has traveled extensively through India, Japan, China, South America, Australia, Egypt, and other lands. He received his degree of Doctor of Divinity from Washington College in 1903.

Doctor Crosser is identified with the Masonic Lodge.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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