James Monroe Hubbert

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister (to 1906)

Presbyterian Minister (1906-1934)

1850 - 1934



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 eloquent preacher.
[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. Cumberland 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, O.
[Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, October 8, 1934]

James M. Hubbert

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.]

Name: James M. Hubbert
Presbytery: Philadelphia
Place of Death: New Brunswick, N.J.
Date of Death: Oct. 6, 1934
Age: 84
[Source: Ministerial Necrology from the Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1935, page 838]

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