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36   MEN OF CANADA.

REV. JOHN G. SHEARER, B.A.,
pastor of Erskine Presbyterian
Church, Hamilton, Out., was
born in Blandford, Oxford, on the 9th
of August, 1859, and was married to
Miss Lizzie Johnston, of Burford, Ont.,
on the 8th of August, 1883. Mr.
Shearer was educated at Ratho public
school, Weston High School, Brantford
Collegiate Institute and Toronto Uni-
versity, where he graduated as B.A. in
June, 1889, with high honors in mental
and moral science, civil polity and
logic. He graduated in theology from
Knox College, Toronto, in 1888, having
taken several prizes and scholarships,

Mr. Shearer left the farm at seventeen, and having obtained a second-class certificate at eighteen, began teaching school. In 1879, and again in 1887, in pursuit of better health, he spent some months in Europe. He was converted in 1883 and began his ministry at Onondaga, Brant County. Subsequently his labors were much blessed in missions at Fort William, Algoma, and in St. John's Ward, Toronto. AI r. Shearer was called to Caledonia immediately on completing his theological studies, and was ordained and inducted on June 5th, 1888. He was unanimously called to Hamilton in January, 1891.

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