September 29, 1775
On September 29, 1775, the Rev. Dr. David McConaughy (right) was born at Menellen, Pennsylvania. McConaughy graduated from Dickinson College and was ordained on October 5, 1797 as a Presbyterian minister by the New Castle Presbytery. Serving as a traveling minister for a while, he became pastor of the congregation at Upper Marsh Creek (outside of Gettsyburg, PA) in October 1800. In 1813, the church moved into Gettysburg and is now the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. After serving as the head of the Gettsyburg Academy school from about 1820 to 1825, Rev. McConaughy became president of Washington College in Washington, PA, on Dec. 21, 1831. He served until 1849 and died on Jan. 29, 1852.