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HISTORY OF TEXAQ 809
EV. JOHN H. McLEAN, A. M., D.
D., Regent of the Southwestern UniJ
versity, Georgetown, Texas, was born
in Hinds county, Mississippi, September
24, 1838, a son of Allen Ferguson
and Ann (Rose) McLean. The grandfather
of our subject, John McLean, was a native of
Scotland, but in early manhood emigrated to
the United States, locating in North Carolina.
He was a teacher by profession, and
in religion, a Presbyterian. About the year
1832 three of his sons removed to Mississippi,
where Charles engaged in merchandising;
Daniel was a physician, and Allen, first a
teacher, but later a merchant. Thle other
members of the family remained in North
Carolina, excepting a sister, who married a
Mr. McLean, and in 1835 they moved to
Georgia. Allen F. McLean married Miss
Ann Rose, a daughter of Captain William F.
and Mary Rose, and they had two sons:
William P. and John H. The former, Judge
William P. McLean, is a lawyer of marked
ability and great integrity, has enjoyed honor
at the hands of the State, having served several
terms in the State Legislature, one term
in Congress, once as a member of the Constitutional
Convention, one term as District Judge,
and is now an honored member of the Railroad
Commission. Mr. McLean, the father of
our subject, died soon after the birth of the
latter, and the mother afterward emigrated
with her father, Captain Rose, to Texas, in
the fall of 1839, locating near Marshall, the
county seat of Harrison county. Captain
Rose was the grand-nephew of General
Washington, and served in the battle of New
Orleans, under General Jackson. He was a
man of great courage and detei mination, and
because of his special fitness was placed at
the head of a company, known as the Regulars.
He assisted in ridding that section of
country from thieves and lawless characters,
in the times when law existed only in name,
and jails, wooden structures, were inadequate
to the safe keeping of prisoners. In this
capacity Captain Rose rendered important
service, but not without great hazard, and
these scenes of danger and daring had their
bearing upon the formation of the character
of his descendants, in inspiring them with
courage and determination. By her second
marriage Mrs. McLean, the mother of our
subject, had three children: Bettie, wife of
It. M. Hall, ex-Land Commissioner; Mary,
wife of P. A. Turner, Esq.; and Benjamin F.
Hughes, in the employment of the General
Land Office. An uncle of Mr. McLean, Colonel
W. T. Scott, an honored citizen of
eastern Texas, served several terms in the
State Legislature, and was a member of the
Secession Convention. Similar service was
rendered by another uncle, Judge John
Washington Rose, a prominent citizen of
Victoria county, Texas.
John H. McLean received his early instructions
under an excellent primary teacher,
D. W. Foster, and his preparatory training
was received under Professors Dubose, Tarlton
and Pettit, of Marshall. His mother
living in the country, he and his brother
were obliged to ride five miles to school, at
the disadvantage of two boys on one pony.
At the age of sixteen years our subject
entered McKenzie College, a flourishing institution
at that time, located near Clarksville,
Red River county, under the presidency
of that remarkable man and educator, Rev.
J. W. P. McKenzie, D. D., who has contributed
to the State some of its leading men.
Among them are Colonel W. S. Herndon, of
Tyler; Colonel W. L. Crawford, Jndge
George Aldridge, Hon. John H. and Dr.
Arch Cochran, of Dallas; General W. II.
HISTOR O TXA
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