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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Charles Alexander Richmond, D.D., LL.D.


AMONG the better-known educators of the country is Dr. Charles Alexander Richmond, the efficient and popular President of Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., and Chancellor of Union University. Dr. Richmoñd was born in New York City, January 7, 1862. His father, Archibald Murray Richmond, a native of Cummock, Scotland, died in 1912 in his ninetieth year, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of eastern New Jersey, where in Newark and in New York City he had been engaged in business after 1860. Mr. Richmond came with his parents to Hartford, Conn., when nine years old. Dr. Richmond’s mother, Margaret Law, was also born in Scotland. The children of this happy union were, the late H. Murray Richmond of East Orange, N. J., Rev. George Law Richmond, D.D., of the First Presbyterian Church, of Boonton, N. J., Arthur A. Richmond, of Chatham, N. J., Mrs. James Turnbull, of East Orange, and the subject of this biography.

Dr. Richmond received his early education in the Orange Military Academy, and under private tutors, attended the College of the City of New York for one year, and finished his collegiate course at Princeton in 1883, with the degree of A.B. His theological course was completed at Princeton Theological Seminary, in 1888. He was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in the latter year and was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, East Aurora, N. Y., 1888-1894, and of the Madison Avenue Church, Albany, N. Y., 1894-1909. During his successful pastorates, Dr. Richmond was in great demand as a public speaker and lecturer, in colleges and before St. Andrew’s and other societies.

In January, 1909, Dr. Richmond was called to Union University, Schenectady, N. Y., and since that time has filled the offices of President of Union College and Chancellor of the University. He received the degree of A.M. from Princeton in 1886, that of D.D. from Hamilton College, 1904, and that of LL.D. from Rutgers, 1909, New York University, 1910, and Princeton, 1915. He is a trustee of the Albany Girls’ Academy, and a member of the Historical societies of Albany and Buffalo, a member of the Mohawk Golf Club, Schenectady, N. Y., and of the Fort Orange and University Clubs, Albany, and the Century and Princeton Clubs, New York City.

Dr. Richmond married June 5, 1891, Sarah Cooper Locke, daughter of Franklin D. and Frances Cooper Locke, of Buffalo, N. Y. They have three children: Margaret, born in 1893; Frances, born 1897; and Locke, born 1898.


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