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MCCLELLAND, BRAINARD TAYLOR (1844–1901). Brainard Taylor McClelland, Southern Presbyterian minister and college president, was born on February 11, 1844, in Mount Jackson, Pennsylvania. His father, a farmer of strong political and religious convictions, moved his large family to Ohio so that he might study for the ministry; the elder McClelland did not become a minister, but three of his sons did. Brainard McClelland was educated at Oberlin College, where he graduated in 1869, at Oberlin Theological Seminary, and at Union Seminary in New York; he earned both B.A. and M.A. degrees. Southwestern Presbyterian University later conferred upon him an honorary doctorate.

After teaching at Van Zandt, Texas, and Swan Lake Plantation, Arkansas, McClelland decided to preach and was licensed by the Presbytery of Austin in 1875. The board of foreign missions assigned him the Comanche Indians, but since a Cumberland Presbyterian minister was there, he and his wife, Susan Mary (Smith), went to Brownwood. After organizing a church in Brownwood in September 1876, McClelland preached and organized Southern Presbyterian churches over an area of 100 square miles. Encouraged by McClelland, the Synod of Texas established Daniel Baker College in 1889. McClelland was made president of the college and served until his death in Brownwood on March 10, 1901. He was buried in Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood.


William Stuart Red, A History of the Presbyterian Church in Texas (Austin: Steck, 1936).

Louise Kelly


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Louise Kelly, "MCCLELLAND, BRAINARD TAYLOR," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.