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The Reverend Theodore Ross was born in North Bedeque, Prince Edward Island, on 6 May 1876, to farmers Murdoch and Margaret Ross. He received his education at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, Dalhousie University (BA, 1899), and the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph. He taught at Prince of Wales College and worked c. 1919-1921 at Pine Hill, the Halifax Presbyterian Theological College, which also served as a residence for Dalhousie students. During this time he worked as the provincial organizer for Dalhousie's "Million Dollar Campaign" committee.
Ross served as Secretary of Agriculture with the PEI government c. 1913-, during which time he wrote numerous reports and papers on agricultural matters. He was ordained to the ministry in 1921 and served the United Church in Nova Scotia until his retirement in 1952. Ross died in Summerside, PEI, in 1959. He was married to Florence Annear of Lower Montaque, PEI, with whom he had one son and two daughters.