DAVID A. WALLACE
D. D., LL. D., (deceased), educator and founder of Monmouth College, was born of Scotch-Irish ancestry near Fairview, Ohio, June 16, 1S26. In 1846 he graduated at Miami University, in his native State, and was in succession the devoted pastor of the United Presbyterian churches at Fall River and Boston, Mass; at Monmouth and Sugar Tree Grove, Warren County, Ill. In this State his pastoral labors were performed while he was doing his remarkable work in the cause of Christian education. Before going east to preach he was engaged for a time in teaching in Ohio. In 1856 he came from Boston to found Monmouth College, and for twenty-one years was its head and its heart. He directed its course of study, raised funds, superintended the erection of buildings, traveled widely to gather students, taught much in the class room, conducted the correspondence, wrote for the press, lectured and preached.
Personal guidance and help were constantly given to all connected with the school. He was always among the first in every movement for the good of the city. The College attained great success during his wise and energetic administration. Few men ever had the influence over students that he possessed. The earnestness, enthusiasm and religious convictions of the President were im parted to the institution. Dr. Wallace's eminent ability made him widely known. From the pulpit or from the platform his words had power over any audience. January 1, 1878, broken down with immense overwork, he withdrew from the College. The last days of this noble life, useful to the end, were spent in ministerial work at Wooster, Ohio, where he died, October 21, 1883. His wife, Mrs. Martha (Findley) Wallace, resides at Wooster. Their children are: John Findley Wallace, Assistant General Manager Illinois Central R. R., Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Lizzie Wallace Taggart, wife of Judge Taggart, Wooster, Ohio; Rev. McClanahan H. Wallace, Eugene, Ore.; Rev. William Wallace, Hawarden, Iowa; and Lieut. Charles Wallace, U. S. A. Signal Corps, Philippine Islands.
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