Biography of Richard McIlWaine
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McIlWaine, Richard, born at Petersburg, Virginia, May 20, 1834, of Scotch Irish descent. He was graduated from Hampden Sidney College in 1853, and was afterward a student at the University of Virginia, Union Theological Seminary and the Free Church College, Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a licentiate of the East Hanover (Virginia) presbytery in 1857, and until 1872 pastor at Farmville and Lynchburg. In 1872 he was elected secretary and treasurer of the home and foreign missions committee of the Southern Presbyterian church, and in 1882-83 was secretary of home missions, which position he resigned to enter upon the presidency of Hampden-Sidney College. He increased the student body from scventy four to one hundred and fifty four in 1891-92; the endowment was also largely increased, and a memorial building erected. In 1874 he received from the Southwestern Presbyterian University the degree of Doctor of Divinity. In 1902 he was a member of the state convention called to revise the constitution, and was chairman of the committee on schools. He resigned the presidency of the college not long after and retired to private life.


FROM:
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume III
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915



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