Biography of Rev. Donald W. Macleod
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Rev. Donald William MacLeod, D. D., pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of East Liverpool, is a leading and influential citizen of Columbiana County. He was born at North River, Victoria County, Nova Scotia, Jan. 6, 1876, and is the son of Donald J. and Euphemia Alexandria (MacLean) MacLeod.

Donald J. MacLeod, deceased, was one of the outstanding figures in the public life of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. He was born at Newcampbelton, Victoria County. He began his career as a school teacher, later took a business course, and was considered one of the most expert accountants of Nova Scotia. He was private secretary to Hon. P. J. Archibold, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, was a member of Victoria County's Municipal Council for a number of years, was the standard bearer of the Liberal party in Victoria County in the provincial campaign of 1885, and was for many years the city clerk and treasurer of Sydney, N. S. His wife, who was born at Little Bras Dor, Victoria County, resides at Sydney, N. S. To Mr. and Mrs. MacLeod six children were born as follows: Rev. Donald William, the subject of this sketch; Rev. Kenneth E., born in 1877; Norman Duncan, born in 1878, deceased, was a graduate of Quebec Military Academy; Mary Florence, born in 1880, lives at Sydney, N. S.; Christine Sarah, R. N., born in 1885, superintendent of Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, Mass.; and John Norman, born in 1887, lives at Sydney, N. S., and was one of the defeated Liberal candidates in the last Provincial election.

Rev. Donald William MacLeod reeeived his education at Sydney, N. S., and was graduated from Sydney Academy, Franklin College, Ohio, and Western Theological Seminary. He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from his alma mater in 1916 and the degree of B. S. T., from Western Theological Seminary in 1924. He was pastor of the Dresden and Muskingum churches, Muskingum County, Ohio, from 1908 until 1913, when he removed to East Liverpool as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. He has been chairman of the Home Missions Committee of Steubenville Presbytery for over ten years, was twice a commissioner from the Presbytery to the General Assembly. The first time he was chairman of the Standing Committee on Temperance and the second time was appointed chairman of the Committee on Theological Seminaries. In 1923 he was elected moderator of the Synod of Ohio.

On Aug. 4, 1905, Reverend MacLeod was married at New Athens, Ohio, to Miss Jessie Florence Dickerson of Cadiz, Ohio, the daughter of Joshua and Martha (Brokaw) Dickerson. Mrs. MacLeod is a descendent of Revolutionary soldiers on both her father and her mother's side. On the paternal side she is a descendent of John Jameson, a Revolutionary soldier, and a member of Colonel Crawford's force when he made his expedition against the Sandusky Indians. Her great great grandfather, Thomas Dickerson, was one of the first families to settle west of the Alleghenies. He came near the present site of Elizabeth, Pa., and built a mill there. Later his son moved to Harrison County, Ohio. One member of the Dickerson family of Cadiz, Ohio was the beloved mother of President Harding. Mrs. MacLeod is a member of Moravian Trail Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Cadiz, Ohio. To Reverend and Mrs. MacLeod have been born three children: Martha Euphemia, born Sept. 10, 1906, a senior in Linden Hall Seminary, Lititz, Pa.; Mary Christine, born Dec. 22, 1908, a senior in East Liverpool High School; and Donald Dickerson, born March 18, 1912.

Reverend MacLeod is a Republican and has served as a director of the Carnegie Library, East Liverpool, for eight years. He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Scotch Society and Kiwanis Club.

The MacLeod family were Scotch Highlanders who came to Canada from the Isle of Lewis, the ancient home of the clan MacLeod. Reverend MacLeod is a descendant of the Highland chief to whom Sir Walter Scott refers as the "Lord of the Mist " His grandmother, Christine Morrison, traced her descent to the Morrisons of Lewis, the hereditiary judges of the Island. The MacLeods have been Covenanters and Presbyterians since the beginning of Protestism in Scotland, many of them sealing their testimony to the faith with their blood. Reverend MacLeod is a direct desendent of Rev. Peter Mackay, a noted Highland preacher of early days. The family has given many sons to the ministry.

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

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