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MACDONNELL, Daniel James, Canadian clergyman, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, 15 January, 1843. His father, the Reverend George Macdonnell, a native of Scotland, had for many years been pastor of the Church of Scotland congregation at Bathurst, but in 1850 resigned his charge and returned with his family to Scotland, where the son received his preparatory education. He was graduated at Queen's college, Kingston, Canada, at fifteen years of age, and studied theology at Glasgow, Heidelberg, and Edinburgh, where he was graduated in divinity in 1865, and ordained by the presbytery in 1866. He then returned to Canada and was minister of St. Andrew's church. Peterborough, until 1870, when he was appointed pastor of St. Andrew's church, Toronto, where one of the finest churches in the city was built for him. He had expressed doubts as to the correctness of some of the doctrines of his church, and was prosecuted for heresy, but the case was finally dismissed upon his promise not to introduce his doubts into the pulpit. He was one of the most active promoters of the union of the various branches of the Presbyterian church in Canada, which was consummated in 1875. He was appointed by the Ontario government as one of its representatives in the senate of Toronto university, and is one of the most eloquent and learned of Canadian clergymen.
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