Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. John Heyward McKenzie

The Rev. John Heyward McKenzie was born in Bourneville, Ohiko, on 31 May 1862, the son of Henry B. and Amanda Ellen (Gregg) McKenzie. He attended Wesleyan University and Mount Union College, receiving a Bachelor's degree in 1882, and Boston University, receiving a Master's degree in 1884. He then began his career at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as a teacher. In 1890 he became the head of the Ohio Military Institute at College Hill, during which time he was ordained a deacon in 1892 and a priest in 1893. A year later he became the first principal of Culber Military Academy, and in 1895 accepted a call from Bishop John Hazen White to become rector of St. Mark's, Lima (later Howe), and head of the Howe Military Academy. He held the position until his death on 3 August 1920. During his tenure he built up the school to make it a flourishing institution. He was buried in St. James Chapel on its campus.


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