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