DR. JOHN BALCOM SHAW was
born in Bellport, New York, May 12, 1860, the sixth son
of Joseph M. Shaw and Amanda C. Gerard. His father was descended
from an old Yorkshire (England) family that originally came from Scotland,
and his immediate forebears were United Empire Loyalists and emigrated to
Canada from the United States at the outbreak of the War of 1812. Several
of his mother ‘s relatives fought in the Revolutionary War. One brother,
Dr. Edward R. Shaw, was Dean of the Department of Pedagogy of the
University of New York.
Dr. Shaw studied at the Bridge-hampton
Academy, 1875-1876, and at the Centenary Collegiate Institute, 1880-1881,
and was graduated from Lafayette College as Valedictorian in 1885,
receiving his A.M. in 1888. He was graduated from Union Theological
Seminary, New York City, 1888, and ordained to the Presbyterian ministry
in 1888. Dr. Shaw was for sixteen years, until 1904, pastor of the West
End Presbyterian Church, New York City, where he built up one of the
strongest and most active churches in the city. He was pastor of the
Second Church, Chicago, 1904-1913, and of Immanuel Church, Los Angeles,
Cal., 1913-1915. Since 1915, he has been President of Elmira College.
Dr. Shaw has been a trustee of
Lafayette, Coe, and Occidental Colleges, McCormick, Dubuque and San
Francisco theological seminaries, Chicago Training School and Clark
Settlement; Ex-President of the Chicago Extension Board; and a director of
the Presbyterian Hospital. He is Trustee of the United Society of
Christian Endeavor; a member of the Council of the Federation of Churches,
the Council of the Reform Churches, and of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi
Delta Theta fraternities. He was a delegate to the Pan Presbyterian
Alliance, Liverpool, 1914, and to the World’s Missionary Conference, 1910.
Dr. Shaw is author of many books. He
was honoured with the degree of D.D. by Lafayette, S.T.D. by
Hamilton, and LL.D. by Huron and Parsons.
Dr. Shaw married, June 28, 1893,
Allena Bassett, daughter of Allen L. and Caroline Phillips Bassett of
Newark, N. J.
Allen L. Bassett was for many years
President of the Newark Board of Trade. They have two sons:
Phillips Bassett Shaw, a graduate of
Williams College, and John Balcom Shaw, now preparing for college. Their
summer home is Keene Valley in the Adirondacks. Dr. Shaw ‘s office address
is Elmira College, Elmira, N. Y.