Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Rev. Robert Mackenzie, D.D.
ROBERT MACKENZIE was born in
Crornarty, Scotland, November 5, 1845, the son of John and Isabella
(Allen) MacKenzie. He came to America in 1866, at the age of twenty-one,
and after taking a special course in the University of Chicago, entered
McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, from which he was graduated
1873. During this period, he also studied law for a
time, a training that is reflected in his keen powers of analysis and
logical habits of thought. He has been honoured by the degree of D.D., by
the Central University of Kentucky, 1883, and of LL.D., by the IJniversity
of Wooster, 1905.
Dr. MacKenzie was ordained in the
Presbyterian ministry in 1873. His first pastorate was in Decatur, Ill.,
where he remained three years. He was then pastor of a church in
Lafayette, Ind., for three years. He resigned to accept a call to
Howard Presbyterian Church, San Francisco. He was
pastor of the Howard Church, 1879 to 1885, and of the First Presbyterian
Church, San Francisco, from 1886 to 1901. During his long and successful
pastorate in San Francisco, he also occupied the Chairs of Apologetics and
Missions in the San Francisco Theological Seminary. In 1901, Dr. MacKenzie
became minister of Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York City, serving
with distinction until 1909, when he resigned to become President of San
Francisco Theological Seminary.
Dr. MacKenzie was President of the
College Board of the Presbyterian Church, 1904 to 1909; President of San
Francisco Theological Seminary, 1909 to 1910; and since 1910, Executive
Secretary of the College Board, with offices in the Presbyterian Building,
New York. He is an enthusiastic and representative Scotsman, one of the
church’s most distinguished preachers, an honour to his birth and his high
calling. His keen judgment and great executive ability have always been
sought and appreciated by his fellow Presbyters. The College Board, under
his able management, has been very successful. The permanent fund now
amounts to $1,672,420 against $140,000 in 1911. He is the author of The
Loom of Providence, published in 1904.
Dr. MacKenzie married, April 9,
1873, Lydia Ann MacLeod, of Romeo, Michigan. In his family life he has
been deservedly happy. His wife has been a congenial and loyal help-meet
in his arduous pastoral work. Of their four children, the eldest daughter
is an accomplished linguist and writer. She was educated in America and in
Paris and was for ten years a missionary in Africa. The only son is a
successful lawyer in San Francisco; the second daughter is married and
living in California; and the youngest daughter is the wife of Rev. Mr.
Corey, of the Presbyterian Church.