Mcnair, John, Dd

Mcnair, John, D.D.

a Presbyterian divine, was born near Newton, Pa., May 28,1806. He was reared with an earnest regard to his spiritual welfare, and at an early age made a profession of religion. He was educated at Newton Academy, then at Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., graduating in 1828; studied theology at Princeton Seminary, N. J.; was licensed in 1831, and ordained in 1833. He labored for several years as a missionary in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and New Jersey; but subsequently he was called to Lancaster, Pa., where he continued to labor for eleven years. During the rebellion he entered the army as chaplain, and when the war was over returned and took charge of the Church in Strasburg, Pa. He died Jan. 27, 1867. Dr. McNair was retiring in his manner and deportment, possessing, however, a firmness and integrity of purpose which made itself felt in his expressed opinions. His sermons evinced a high order of talent, being eloquent, yet plain and easily comprehended. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Almanac, 1868, p. 132.

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