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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Rev. Robert Stuart MacArthur, D.D., LL.D.


THE Rev. Dr. Robert Stuart MacArthur, for forty-one years pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, New York City, and one of the best known clergymen of America, was born in Dalesville, Quebec, Canada, July 31, 1841, the son of Archibald and Margaret (Stuart) MacArthur. His parents were of ancient Highland ancestry, his mother being related to the royal Stuart family. Dr. MacArthur was graduated from Rochester University in 1867, and from Rochester Theological Seminary in 1870, and was ordained and became pastor of Calvary Church, May 15, 1870. His genial disposition and striking personality, and his gifts as a speaker and writer soon made him one of the most popular and best beloved pastors in the city. His church soon became one of the strongest Baptist congregations in the country. At the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of his pastorate, May 15-20, 1910, it was stated that he had received into the church more than 5,000 members; had erected, free of debt, a church building costing $525,000, and accumulated church prop-city of more than $1,000,000; had contributed $2,000,000 and many men and women to the work of Missions: and that from his congregation had been organized three Baptist churches in the city and one in the suburbs.

Dr. MacArthur was elected President of the Baptist World Alliance, Philadelphia, in June, 1911, and resigned his pastorate for work in this larger field. He was a special delegate, January, 1912, to the Russian Government for the purpose of securing land in Petrograd, upon which to erect a Baptist Bible College, and assisted in the dedication of a Baptist Tabernacle in that city, now called the Dom Evangelia. He was also present in his official Capacity at the dedication of a memorial window to John Bunyan in Westminster Abbey, and was for a brief time the guest in London of the Hon. David Lloyd George. In 1913, he attended the Judson Centennial Celebration, in Burma. He has been honoured with degrees of D.D., Rochester, 1880, and Acadia College, 1910, and LL.D., Columbia, 1896, and McMaster, 1911.

Dr. MacArthur is in great demand as a preacher and as lecturer on foreign travel. He was for many years a contributor t.o the Standard, and an editor of the Christian Enquirer and the Baptist Review, and is author of many books, and has also compiled several hymn books.

Dr. MacArthur married, August 4. 1870, Mary Elizabeth Fox, New York.


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