Mcleod, a S. central county of Minnesota, watered by the S. fork of Crow river; area, 504 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 5,643. The surface is undulating and the soil productive. It is traversed by the Hastings and Dakota railroad. The chief productions in 1870 were 149,451 bushels of wheat, 48,381 of Indian corn, 96,487 of oats, 10,914 of barley, 31,855 of potatoes, 11,470 lbs. of wool, 168,438 of butter, and 16,932 tons of hay. There were 1,102 horses, 2,483 milch cows, 4,141 other cattle, 3,489 sheep, and 2,492 swine; 1 flour mill, and 2 saw mills. Capital, Glencoe.
I. Alexander, an American clergyman, born in the island of Mull, Scotland, June 12, 1774, died in New York, Feb. 17, 1833. Emigrating to the United States in 1792, he joined the Reformed Presbyterian church, entered Union college, and graduated in 1798. In 1799 he was licensed as a preacher, and two years afterward was ordained and installed in the charge of the first Reformed church in New York, and of one in Wallkill, Orange co., N. Y. The latter he soon after resigned; but his connection with the New York congregation lasted till his death. He was an assistant editor of the "Christian Magazine." His principal works are: "Negro Slavery Unjustifiable" (New York, 1802; new ed., 1860); "Ecclesiastical Catechism" (1807); " Lectures upon the Principal Prophecies of the Revelation " (1814); " View of the late War "
(1815); "The Life and Power of True Godliness "(1816); and "The American Christian Expositor " (2 vols., 1832-'3). See "Memoir of Alexander McLeod, D. D.," by Samuel B. Wiley, D. D. (8vo, New York, 1855).
II. Xavier Donald, an American author, son of the preceding, born in New York, Nov. 17, 1821, killed in a railway accident near Cincinnati, July 20, 18(55. He graduated at Columbia college, and after studying theology took orders in the Episcopal church in 1845. He was settled for a short time in a rural parish, and in 1850 went to Europe, where he travelled and studied till 1852. During his residence abroad he became a Roman Catholic, and after his return devoted himself to literary pursuits, contributing to various magazines, and publishing "Pynnshurst, his Wanderings and Ways of Thinking" (New York, 1852); " Life of Sir Walter Scott" (1852); "The Bloodstone" (1853); and "Life of Mary, Queen of Scots" (1857). He also wrote "The Elder's House, or the Three Converts;" "Chateau Lescure, or the Last Marquis;" and a "Life of Fernando Wood," mayor of New York (185G). His fugitive poems are his most characteristic productions; some of them, as "The Weeder" and " The Saga of Viking Torquil," have great merit. In 1857 he became professor of rhetoric and belles-lettres at Mount St. Mary's (Roman Catholic) college near Cincinnati, and was ordained a priest.