Mcclung, John Alexander, Dd
Mcclung, John Alexander, D.D., a Presbyterian minister, was born in Washington, Ky., Sept. 25, 1804. His education was received at a private school at Brick Pond, Woodford County, Ky., his instructors being Messrs. Thompson and Daly, from the University of Dublin, Ireland. In 1823 he entered Princeton Thelogical Seminary, and in 1828 was licensed to preach. Subsequently, his mind becoming unsettled concerning the authenticity of some of the books of the Old Testament and one or two of the Epistles, he gave up preaching and entered upon the study of law. During this stage of his life he wrote Sketches of Western Adventures, and otherwise contributed to the press of the day. He was admitted to the bar in 1835, and became a regular practitioner until 1849, when, his religious principles being revived, he was again, in 1851, licensed and ordained, and was called to the First Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Ind.; during his pastorate there he was elected president of Hanover College, Ind. In 1857 he accepted a call to Maysville, Ky., wvhere he labored until the summer of 1859, when he was drowned. Dr. McClung was a man of brilliant intellect and rare eloquence;
he was a polished schlar, a generous friend, and an humble Christian. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. A1manac, 1861, p. 100.