John Patterson MacLean

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John Patterson MacLean (March 12, 1848 – August 12, 1939) was an American Universalist minister and archaeologist and historian.[1] While at Ohio State University he became a historian of the Shakers.[2]


He was born on March 12, 1848 in Franklin, Ohio.[1][3] In 1864 at age sixteen he entered the National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in 1894. In 1867 he started at the Theological School of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and he qualified for the ministry in 1869. In 1887 he went to Scotland on the Island of Mull, collecting materials for his "History of the Macleans."[3]

He died on August 12, 1939 in Greenville, Ohio and was buried in Franklin, Ohio.[1]


  • A sketch of the life and labors of Richard McNemar (1905)
  • A concise history of the United Society of Believers called Shakers (1893)
  • Shakers of Ohio: fugitive papers concerning the Shakers of Ohio, with unpublished manuscripts (1907)
  • A Bibliography of Shaker Literature
  • A Manual of the Antiquity of Man (1877)[3]
  • The Mound Builders (1879)
  • Mastodon, Mammoth and Man (1880)[3]
  • An historical, archaeological and geological examination of Fingal's Cave in the island of Staffa (1890)
  • The Archaeological Collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society (1901)
  • A Critical Examination of the Evidences Adduced to Establish the Theory of the Norse Discovery[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Historical Sketch". Dayton Metro Library. Retrieved 2011-11-13. John Patterson MacLean was born March 12, 1848 in Franklin, Warren County, and died August 12, 1939, in Greenville, Ohio; he is buried in Franklin, Ohio. 
  2. ^ John B. Wolford. Shaker Studies and Folklore: An Overview. MacLean established Shaker history and culture as a feasible study topic. ... 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Charles Neal Barney (1895). "Professor J.P. Maclean". To-day. Mr. John P. Maclean was born in the village of Franklin, Ohio, March 12, 1848. At sixteen years of age he entered the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, from which institution he received the degree Ph.D., in 1894; and in 1867 he entered the Divinity Department of St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, qualifying himself for the ministry in 1869. He has published several works of interest: "Manual of the Antiquity of Man," "The Mastodon, Mammoth, and Man," "Fingal's Cave," "Norse Discovery of America," "History of the Macleans," and ... 

External links[edit]

Shakers Collection: Shaker Literature donated by J. P. MacLean, (487 items) is available in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress