McDonald, John a Presbyterian minister, was born in Brooke County, Va., July 25, 1794; was educated in Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; was licensed and ordained by Athens Presbytery in 1827, and installed pastor of the Church in Burlington, Ohio; subsequently served as missionary in Kentucky; in 1832 labored in Manchester and Huntington churches, Ohio; and from 1836 in the Pleasant Prairie Church, Ill., until his death, Aug. 15, 1866. Mr. McDonald was possessed of rare mental strength and discriminating powers; extensive religious and literary acquirements; sterling piety, and unassuming humility. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Almanac, 1867, p. 184.