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McCLURE, Alexander Wilson, clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 8 May, 1808; died in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, 20 September, 1865. He was graduated at Amherst in 1827, and at Andover theological seminary in 1830, and after preaching at Malden, Massachusetts, two years, he was ordained there in 1832. He snbse-quently was stationed at St. Augustine, Florida, where he labored successfully among the soldiers that were on duty there. In 1846 he returned to Boston, and soon after began the publication of the "Christian Observatory," which he edited more than three years. He also assisted Dr. Parsons Cooke in conducting the "Puritan Recorders" In 1855 lie became secretary of the American and foreign Christian union, and labored for some thne abroad. In 1859 he was disabled by illness. Mr. McClure was a prolific writer for the religious press, and published, among other works, a tract called the " IAfe-Boat," which had a wide circulation; another entitled " Four Lectures on Ultra. Universalism" ; " A Series of Letters upon the Bible in the Public Schools," written in controversy with a Roman Catholic priest in Jersey City; two vof umes of the " laves of the Chief Fathers of New England," in the series published by the Massachusetts Sunday-school society : and " Translators Reviewed," giving a biographical sketch of each translator concerned in King James's version (New York, 1853). This has been adopted by the board of publication of the Reformed Dutch church.
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