The man who was appointed assistant stated clerk of the General
Assembly last May did not need to be "broken in" to
the business of handling the big affairs of a denominational clerkship;
he had had thirty-five years of experience with just such affairs
in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church before reunion made him
a Presbyterian without adjective. That just he should have been
available for aid of the Assembly's stated clerk in the year when
moderatorial duties combined with clerk's duties to overburden
one pair of hands, might well be cited as an example of the "eternal
fitness of things." For twenty-five years Dr. Hubbert was
assistant stated clerk of the Cumberland Assembly; for ten years
more its stated clerk. His efficiency was so conspicuous that
it attracted notice far beyond his own denomination, and the Minutes
of the Cumberland Assembly got the reputation of being extraordinarily
complete in accurate and varied information. But Dr. Hubbert has
been (in his church career) not simply an admirable clerk; he
has been one of the most successful pastors and in all progressive
movements one of the most active leaders in the Cumberland fellowship.
His pastorates at Lincoln,
Illinois; Nashville, Tennessee; Lebanon,
Tennessee, and Marshall, Mo. have all been in churches
of conspicuous importance, and in all of them he has made his
ministry tell both evangelistically and in Christian nurture.
While at Lebanon he also taught homiletics in the theological
seminary. Dr. Hubbert's Presbyterianism has the virtue of having
been his own election, not his inheritance. Born in Southwest
Missouri fifty-seven years ago of Methodist parentage, he was
in youth converted to Christ at a Baptist revival meeting. Because
neither of the denominations to which he might thus have been
naturally inclined suited his preferences, he went eight miles
into the country to join a Cumberland Presbyterian congregation
because that denomination did suit him. His college and theological
education he obtained at the Cumberland institutions at Lebanon,
Tennessee, and after his courses there he took post-graduate work
in Union Seminary, New York. As several Eastern congregations
have found in the past year, Dr. Hubbert is a very powerful and
[Source: The Interior, March 1918]
HUBBERT, JAMES MONROE, clergyman; b. Cassville, Barry
Co., Mo., June 15, 1850; s. William and Nancy Ann H.; A.B., B.D.
U. Tenn., 1876; grad. Union Theol. Sem., New York, 1879
m. Minnie L. Brewster of Lincoln, Ill., Jan. 16, 1882.
Ordained Cumberland Presbyn. ministry, 1875; pastor Lincoln,
Ill., 1879-87, First
Ch. Nashville, Tenn., 1888-93, Lebanon,
Tenn., and dean Cumberland Theol. Sch., 1894-1901, Marshall,
Mo., and prof. Homiletics, Mo. Valley Coll., 1902-6; stated clerk,
Gen. Assembly Cumberland Presbyn. Ch., 1896-1906; asst. stated
clerk, Gen. Assembly Presbyn. Ch. in U. S. A., since 1907. Moderator
Gen. Assembly Cumberland Presbyn. Ch., Kansas City, 1889; del.
Pan Presbyn. Councils, Belfast, Ireland, 1884, Washington, D.C.,
1899, Liverpool, Eng., 1904.
[Source: Who's Who in America, 1920-21]
HUBBERT, James Monroe; b, Cassville, Mo, Jn 15, 1850; CumbU, 75; do, TDept, 75-6; UTS, 76-9, dipl; ord (C Pby, Lebanon), Ap 12, 75; pas, Lincoln, Ill, 79-87; pas (First), Nashville, Tenn, 88-93; pas, Lebanon, Tenn, & dean, CumbTS, 94-1901; pas, Marshall, Mo, 02-6; stated clerk, Gen Assem, Cumb Presb Ch, 96-1906; as stat clk (Presb Gen As), Philadelphia, Pa, 07-21; wc, do, 21____.
[Source: Alumni Catalogue of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, 1836-1926, page 241]
Rev. James Monroe Hubbert, former assistant stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A., who died in New Brunswick, N. J., Saturday as the result of an automobile accident, will be buried Wednesday at Lincoln, Ill.
Mr. Hubbert, who was 84 years old, was active in the church for more than 60 years. He was born in Cassville, Mo., June 15, 1850, and attended Union Theological Seminary in New York. For 10 years he held pastorates in Lincoln, Ill.; Nashville, Tenn., and Marshall, Mo.
Then he was called to the faculty of the Cumberland Theological Seminary in Marshall [sic: Lebanon], later becoming dean of that school. Afterward he became stated clerk of the Cumberland Church, and upon the union with the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A., came to Philadelphia to take up duties as assistant stated clerk. He filled that office for 14 years, retiring in 1921. Until his death he occasionally took over a pastorate temporarily.
He leaves his wife, Minnie B. Hubbert; two sons, Roger
L., of Lansdowne, and William B., of Highland Park,
and a daughter, Mrs. Helen Hubbert Caldwell, of Dayton,
[Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, October 8, 1934]
Dr. James M. Hubbert, former moderator of the Cumberland Presbyterian Assembly and stated clerk of that assembly, and after the union, assistant stated clerk of the U. S. A. Assembly, died in New Brunswick, N.J. October 5. His death followed an automobile accident near that town a week earlier. He was 84 years of age.
Dr. Hubbert was born at Cassville, Mo., June 15, 1850 and was a graduate of Cumberland University and later, Union Seminary, New York. He was ordained in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1875, serving first as pastor at Lincoln, Ill., and as pastor of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tenn., for five years, from 1888 to 1893, when he became dean of the theological school of Cumberland University and pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Lebanon. In 1902 he went to Marshall, Mo., serving both as pastor and professor in Missouri Valley College.
For 10 years before the Cumberland Presbyterian U. S. A. union,
Dr. Hubbert was stated clerk of the Cumberland Presbyterian Assembly
and after the union, removing to Philadelphia, became assistant
stated clerk of the uniting churches until his retirement in 1921.
His widow, two sons and a daughter survive. Funeral services were
held in Lincoln, Ill., October 10.
[Source: The Presbyterian Tribune, October 18, 1934, page 23]
James Monroe Hubbert, D.D., Dean of the Theological School and Professor of Practical Theology, was born in Cassville, Missouri, June 15, 1850. His work in Lebanon and in the Theological School is referred to elsewhere. He received the following degrees from Cumberland: A.B. in 1875; B.D. in 1876; and D.D. in 1884. He was graduated from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, in 1879.
Dr. Hubbert had two pastorates before coming to Lebanon. One
was in Lincoln,
Illinois, 1879-87; the other, First
Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee,
1888-93. For nine years he was Dean of the Theological School,
Professor of Practical Theology, and pastor of the local church,
1893-02; Stated Clerk, General Assembly, Cumberland
Presbyterian Church, 1896-1906; and Assistant Clerk, General
Assembly, Presbyterian Church,
United States of America, for several years, beginning
in 1907. He was the Moderator, General Assembly, Cumberland
Presbyterian Church, 1889. He attended the meetings of
the Pan-Presbyterian Council, Belfast, Ireland, 1884; Washington,
D.C., 1889; Liverpool, England, 1904. Two famous lectures were
delivered by him, "What a Backwoodsman Saw in London,"
and "The Model Woman." He resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
from 1907 to October 6, 1934, the time of his death, which was
caused by an automobile accident.
[Source: Bone, Winstead Paine, A History of Cumberland University, 1842-1935. Lebanon, Tennessee: By the author, 1935.]