Mackey, James Love

Mackey, James Love a Presbyterian minister, was born in Lancaster County, Pa., Jan. 26, 1820. His early educational privileges were few, but, being fond of study, he struggled hard to qualify himself for teaching. When fourteen years old he opened a school in his father's house; subsequently he taught public school in the neighborhood, attended Hopewell Academy and New London Academy, Pa., and taught in the latter. He entered the seminary at Princeton, N. J., resolved to do work in foreign missions. In 1849 he sailed for Corisco Island. In April of 1851 he founded the Evangasimba Mission, after surmounting many obstacles. In June of 1865 he returned to reside at home and soon after became principal of the academy at New London, Pa. He died April 30, 1867. Mr. Mackey was a man thoroughly qualified for missionary labors; his mental training, varied and accurate information, and scientific attainments, prepared him for the great work. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Alm., 1868, p. 119.

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