Erasmus D. MacMaster

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Erasmus Darwin MacMaster
Born February 4, 1806
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Died December 10, 1866
Nationality American
Occupation Theologian, University President

Erasmus D. MacMaster, D.D. (February 4, 1806 – December 10, 1866) was a nineteenth-century American Presbyterian pastor, academic and theologian who served as president of Hanover College and Miami University. Along with Henry Ward Beecher, MacMaster was one of the most vocal Presbyterian anti-slavery advocates in Indiana.


Early life

Erasmus Darwin MacMaster was born on February 4, 1806 in Mercer, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1827 from Union College.


He was licensed as a Presbyterian minister by the Reformed Presbytery of New York in 1829 and served as a minister in Ballston, New York from 1831 until 1838 when he became the third president of Hanover College. He presided over the short-lived move of the college to Madison, Indiana where it was briefly renamed Madison University in 1845. Hanover quickly moved back to Hanover, Indiana and MacMaster left to become the third president of Miami University in Ohio. His Miami presidency lasted from 1845 until 1849 and in 1850 he became a professor of theology at the Theological Seminary in New Albany, Indiana. He was appointed professor of theology at Theological Seminary of the Northwest (now McCormick Theological Seminary) in Chicago, Illinois in June 1866 and died there in December of that year.


He died on December 10, 1866.


Preceded by President of Miami University
1845 – 1849
Succeeded by
William Caldwell Anderson