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Icon or sketchEORGE EDWIN MACLEAN, the fifth chancellor of the University of Nebraska, was born in Rockville, Connecticut, August 31, 1850, son of Edwin W.


and Julia H. (Ladd) MacLean. His father was a successful merchant, postmaster of Rockville, a member of the I. O. O. F., and a deacon in the Congregational church of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The earliest American representatives of the family settled in Hartford and Vernon, Connecticut, before the Revolution. The



genealogy in Scotland reaches back to the eleventh century, with a legendary line for several centuries beyond. The Ladd family first came to this country in 1632. Dr. MacLean received his preparatory education in Westfield Academy and Williston Seminary, Massachusetts. He entered Williams College, from which he was graduated in 1871. He completed a course of study at Yale Theological School in 1874, and accepted the pastorate of the Presbyterian and Congregational Society of New Lebanon, New York. From 1877 to 1881 he was minister of the Memorial Presbyterian Church, Troy, New York. Going abroad in the latter year he studied at the University of Leipzig until 1883, with the exception of two semesters at the University of Berlin. He devoted his attention especially to philology and history, Biblical exegesis and old English literature. He collated several old English manuscripts in the British Museum, Oxford and Cambridge. He made the degree of Ph. D. at Leipzig. After an extended tour through Europe he returned to the United States, and shortly thereafter accepted the chair of the English language and literature in the University of Minnesota. At the expiration of seven years' service he obtained a leave of absence, spending eleven months in studying in the British Museum, and in making cycle tours through England. Facilities were everywhere afforded him for becoming acquainted with English life and thought, especially at the universities. He resumed the duties of his professorship in December, 1892, but again in 1894 he began researches in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. In 1891 he was elected a member of the Philological Society of London, and also of the American Philological Society. He is also a member of the Modern Language



Association, and of the American Dialect Society. In 1895 the degree of LL. D. was conferred upon him by Williams College. In the same year he was elected chancellor of the University of the state of Nebraska, and president of the University senate, positions he still holds. He is also a director of the United States Agricultural Experiment Station at the University, and during the summer of 1896 traveled in England, Holland, and Germany, studying the work done in the stations in each country. Dr. MacLean is an earnest scholar and an enthusiastic worker in his department. Personally he is an agreeable man, and this, coupled with his abilities as a teacher and administrator, has distinguished him in educational circles. In addition to numerous shorter articles, he has published "AElfric's Anglo-Saxon Version of Alcuini Interrogationes Sigewulfi Presbyteri in Genesin" (Halle, 1883); "An Old and Middle English Reader, by Zupitza (Boston, 1886); "An Introductory Course in Old English," prepared by Prof. Wilkin and K. C. Babcock (Minneapolis, 1891); "A Chart of English Literature, with References," which has passed through several editions, and "An Old and Middle English Reader, with Introduction, Notes and Glossary." Dr. MacLean was married May 20,1874, to Clara S. Taylor, a daughter of Charles J. Taylor, of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Through her father she is descended from the Dwights, Pyncheons, and Ives of colonial times. A student of Mt. Holyoke Seminary, and a woman of ability, she has assisted her husband in all his studies. They have no children.

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