REV. O. V. STEWART, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Steubenville, was born near Mercer, Mercer Co., Penn., February 717, 1854. He is the son of Vance and Eliza M. (Sherrard) Stewart. His father, a native of the same county, born May 15, 1818, was a man of considerable business and commercial importance, and is still a resident of Mercer county, living at present in Greenville, Penn. His wife, to whom he was married November 2, 1842, was born in Fanisburg, Penn., July 30, 1818, the daughter of Joseph Sherrard, who was a native of county Antrim, Ireland. These parents had five children, of whom O. V. was the fourth, and of whom four are now living. The early life of Rev. Mr. Stewart was chiefly spent at Greenville, in the schools of which he prepared for college. In his preparatory work he also attended the Jamestown seminary of Mercer county, two terms, and Tuscarora academy of Juniata county, one term. In the fall of 1871 he entered Princeton college, in which he completed the freshman year. His brother having been appointed professor of Greek in Westminster college, he then entered that institution, and in it completed a full classical course, graduating in the honor list in 1874. During the year following this he taught the Morning Sun academy of Preble county, Ohio. In the fall of 1875 he entered the Western Theological seminary, of Allegheny City, which he attended three years, graduating in 1878. He was licensed to preach by the Presbyterian of Erie, at Fairview, Penn., September 27, 1877, and immediately after graduation he was called to the churches of Hadley and Atlantic. On May 10, 1879, he was ordained as pastor by the Presbytery of Erie, in the church of Atlantic. He served those churches from his home at Greenville for about two years and a half. October 10, 1881, he received a call from the Presbyterian church of Greenville, which he accepted, and of that church he was pastor six years. He received a call from the First Presbyterian church of Steubenville, March 21, 1887, he accepted, and was installed as pastor on June 22, following. Rev. Stewart was married September 22, 1881, to Eliza H., daughter of Mrs. Mary Bentley of Youngstown, Ohio. They have two children: RObert Bentley, born July 10, 1882 and James Wilbur, born October 22, 1883. Rev. Stewart is an earnest and successful worker in the cause of Christianity, and he possesses a ministerial ability of a very high order.
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