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James T. Cleland


James T. Cleland, British clergyman. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha.; Club: Cosmos (Washington).


Cleland, James T. was born on July 8, 1903 in Yoker, Scotland. Son of James and Margaret G. (Curdie) Cleland.


Master of Arts, Glasgow U., 1924, Bachelor of Divinity, 1927, honorary Doctor of Divinity, 1956. School of Theology and Ministry, Union Theological Seminary, 1928, Doctor of Theology, 1954. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Davidson College, 1951.


Came to the United States, 1931, naturalized, 1941. Ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church United States of America, 1938. Instructor, then assistant professor and associate professor of religion Amherst College, 1931-1945.

Became professor preaching and preacher to the university, Duke, 1945, James B. Duke professor of preaching, 1954-1968, dean of the chapel, 1953-1973, consultant to chapel, 1973-1978. Visiting professor preaching Union Theological Seminary, New York City, summers 1948, 55, 62, Pacific School Religion, Berkeley, California, summer 1951. Frederic Rogers Kellogg lecturer Episcopal Theological School, 1953.

Hoyt lecturer Union Theological Seminary, 1955. Peyton lecturer Southern Methodist U., 1956. Zimmerman lecturer Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1956.

Thomas White Currie lecturer Austin Presbyterian Seminary, 1958. Wells sermons lecturer Texas Christian U., 1959, 69. Perkins lecturer First Methodist Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1961.

Warrack lecturer theological colls. four Scottish universities, 1964.


  • Author: The True and Lively Word, 1954. Wherefore Art Thou Come?, 1961. Preaching to Be Understood, 1965.

    He Died As He Lived, 1966. Also articles in various publications.


Member Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha. Club: Cosmos (Washington).


Married Alice Mead, September 7, 1932.

James Cleland

Margaret G. (Curdie) Cleland

Alice Mead