Biography of Rev. Charles F. Wishart
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Rev. Charles Frederick Wishart, D. D. LL. P. As president of the College of Wooster, Doctor Wishart has had a long and distinguished career in the realm of education and religion. He was born at Ontario, Ohio, Sept. 3, 1870, the son of William and Sarah (Irvine) Wishart.

Rev. William Wishart was a native of Antrim, Ohio, and his wife was born in Wooster. He was a minister of the United Presbyterian Church and held pastorates at New Athens, Ontario, and Hayesville, Ohio. Both he and his wife are deceased. They were the parents of the following children: Maria Wishart Gray, deceased; Martha, deceased; James, deceased; Jeannette, deceased; Elizabeth, deceased; Agnes, and Matilda, who live at 2143 Perrysville Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Samuel, deceased; Rev. William I., Eighth United Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh; John E., San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, Calif.; Margaret Wishart Biddle, 2815 Stuart Street, Berkeley, Calif.; and Charles Frederick, the subject of this sketch.

After completing his early education in the schools of Ontario and Hayesville, Charles Frederick Wishart attended Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill. He is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a minister of the United Presbyterian Church in 1897. His professional career is as follows: Founder and pastor of the 11th United Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, 1897-1910; professor of systernatic theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1910-1914; pastor, Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago, 1914-1919; president, the College of Wooster, 1919 until the present time; president, National Young Peoples Christian Union, 1897; member, General Board of Christian Education, Presbyterian Church, U. S. A., 1917-1919; Presbyterian Board of Christian Extension, 1918; lecturer, McCormick Theological Seminary, 19151917; director, McCormick Theological Seminary, 1919 to present time; Western Theological Seminary, director, 1924 to present time; Lane Theological Seminary, director, 1926 to present time; Corporator, Presbyterian Ministers Fund, 1923 to present time; Moderator, General Assembly, Presbyterian Church, U. S. A., 1923; Moderator, Synod of Ohio, Presbyterian Church, U. S. A., 1929.

On July 6, 1904, Doctor Wishart married Miss Josephine Long, of Chehalis, Washington, the daughter of Henry and Deborah (Bosworth) Long, natives of Ohio and Washington, respectively. Both are deceased. Doctor and Mrs. Wishart's marriage took place in Philadelphia. They have three children: James H., engaged in graduate work in English at Princeton University, 24 Dickinson Street, Princeton, N. J.; Sara Elizabeth, junior, College of Wooster; and Josephine Bosworth, sophomore, Wooster High School. He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Monmouth in 1909, the degree of Doctor of Laws from James Millikan University in 1918 and from Lafayette in 1920.

Doctor Wishart is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Sigma Rho fraternities, Ohio Society of New York, University Club, Chicago, City Club, New York, Union Club, Cleveland, Wooster Country Club, and Wooster Rotary Club. During the World War, Doctor Wishart served at home camps with the Y. M. C. A.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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