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Over 150 years ago Thomas Maclellan wove his legacy and covenant into our family of foundations. Today, we are doing all we can to enable the courageous to look to the future, as we take inspiration from the past.

Thomas Maclellan born in Scotland

Thomas was born to John Maclellan in Castle Douglas, a small market town in Dumfries in southwest Scotland. The son of a businessman in the shoe retail industry, Thomas entered the banking world with the Bank of Scotland, later moving to Canada where he managed a bank branch in St. John, New Brunswick.

Thomas pens Covenant with God

In the Scottish town of Blairgowrie, Maclellan made a covenant with God. Having come to terms with his own fallen nature and the grace of God through Christ, he covenanted control of his life and the proceeds to God Almighty.

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Thomas moves from Nova Scotia to Chattanooga

Thomas Maclellan immigrated to the booming industrial town of Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1892 after a three year stay in Topeka, Kansas and thirty years in Nova Scotia, Canada. Although he was a man of modest means, his entrepreneurial spirit was strong and his discipline was steady. He believed that God's providence would lead him into a fruitful professional venture. In Chattanooga, Thomas invested in the fledgling, 5-year-old Provident Insurance Company that served at-risk saw mill and coal mining workers, and helped it to become prosperous and successful.

Provident goes public, and Thomas Maclellan becomes the President

On January 31st, the Company raised $150,000 in capital by converting from a mutual assessment company to a stock company. Later this year, Thomas Maclellan became the President of Provident at the age of 73. By 1916, Provident Insurance Company had grown from a small business serving Tennesseans to a reach of 15 states. At the age of 79, Thomas passed away, but his legacy remained. As their prosperity grew, the family maintained the humble attitude of their patriarch, and preserved his commitment to glorifying God with the fruits of their work.

The Maclellan Foundation, Inc. is incorporated

Incorporated in 1945 by Robert J. Maclellan, his sister Dora Maclellan Brown, and his son Robert L. Maclellan, The Maclellan Foundation, Inc. (MFI) is the largest and oldest of the Maclellan Family Foundations. In 1945, MFI’s first meeting, a total of $700 was given away to local organizations, including a grant to Maclellan’s longest grantee, the Public School Bible Committee.

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The RL and KH Maclellan Foundation is founded

In 1972, after the death of Robert L. Maclellan, the Robert L. and Kathrina H. Maclellan Foundation was established.

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