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MACKAY-SMITH, Alexander, clergyman, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 2 June, 1850. He is a grandson of Nathan Smith, United States senator from Connecticut, and a younger brother of the Reverend Cornelius B. Smith, D. D., of St. James's church, New York city. He was graduated at Trinity in 1872, studied divinity at the General theological seminary and in England and Germany, and took orders in the Protestant Episcopal church. He was rector of Grace church, South Boston, Massachusetts, in 1877-'80, and in the latter year became assistant rector of St. Thomas's church, New York city. In 1886 he declined the post of assistant bishop of Kansas, and in 1887 he became first archdeacon of New York. He has taken an active part in the civil-service reform movement, and has published occasional poems in periodicals.
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