ARCHIBALD McLEAN, A. M., the distinguished president of Bethany college, is one of six children born to Malcolm and Alexandra (McKay) McLean, natives of Scotland. The mother died when Archibald was four years old. The three living children are: Archibald, James and Alexandra (Cato). His birth took place December 26, 1851, on Prince Edward Island, Dominion of Canada. In early life our subject worked on a farm and subsequently followed the carriage business for about five years, he then entered Bethany college, and was graduated there from in the year 1874 with the degree of A. B. After completing his collegiate course he went to Mount Healthy, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Here he was pastor of the Disciples church for about eight years. At the expiration of that time President McLean was honored by the election to the secretaryship of the Christian Foreign Missionary society, an office which he still holds. Upon the death of President Woolery he was elected president of Bethany college, having been inaugurated in August 1889. His election has been followed by the continued prosperity of the institution, and under his wise and progressive administration it is expected tha the college will become even more popular and aggressive in the future than in past. President McLean is very highly respected by the students and officials of the college, and has gained the esteem of the entire community.
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