Lowrie, Reuben a Presbyterian minister, was born in Butler, Pa., November 24, 1827, and was educated at the University of New York City, where for one year he served as tutor; studied theology at Princeton, N.J.; afterwards became principal of a presbyterial academy in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; was licensed by the Luzerne Presbytery in 1851, at which time he engaged in the work of foreign missions among the Choctaw Indians; in 1853 he was ordained, and April 22 sailed as missionary to Shanghai, China. Here he applied himself to the study of the Chinese language, translated the Shorter Catechism, and a Catechism on the Old-Testament History, into this dialect; devoted much time to the completion of a Dictionary of the Four Books, commenced by his deceased brother; he had also nearly finished a Conmmentary on the Gospel of Matthew in Chinese when he died, April 26, 1860. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Alm. 1861, page 96.