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ROBERTS , WILLIAM CHARLES ( 1832 - 1903 ), Presbyterian minister, principal of colleges, and author ;

b. [at Alltmai , Llanychaearn ], Cards. — he was a nephew of principal Lewis Edwards , Bala . In 1849 he emigrated with his parents to the U.S.A. After working in a shop in New Jersey for about two years he entered the University of Princeton where he graduated in 1855 , going thence to a theological college for three years. He became pastor of a Presbyterian church at Wilmington , Delaware , in 1858 , and he ministered to several Presbyterian churches until 1880 when he became chief superintendent of the Home Mission in New York . He was elected president of Lake Forest University , Illinois , in 1886 , but returned in 1891 to New York to serve as chief secretary of the Home Mission ; this post he relinquished in 1893 to become president of Centre College , Danville , Kentucky . He had been moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Connexion ( U.S.A. ) in 1889 . He published about eleven works (list in Henry Blackwell Bibliography of Welsh Americana , published by N.L.W. ); he was the translator of Holwyddoreg Byrraf Eisteddfod Westminster , 1864 . He d. 28 Nov. 1903 .

Sources:

  • Y Drych newyddiadur cenedlaethol Cymry America , 3 Dec. 1903 ;
  • [correction by the Rev. T. Beynon ].

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959