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McCALLA, Daniel, clergyman, born in Neshaminy, Pennsylvania, in 1748; died in Wappetaw, South Carolina, 6 April, 1809. He was graduated at Princeton in 1766, and then taught in Philadelphia, at the same time studying theology. He was licensed to preach as a Presbyterian in 1772, and two years later ordained pastor of the churches at New Providence and Charleston, Pennsylvania, where he preached till the Revolution. He was then appointed a chaplain in the Continental army, and served in Canada till the battle of Trois Rivieres in 1776, where he was captured. After confinement in a prison-ship he was released on parole in the latter part of the year, and returned to his congregation, but was accused of violating his parole by his patriotic prayers, and forced to flee to Virginia, where he was soon afterward exchanged. He there established a school in Hanover county, Virginia, but in 1788 went to Wappetaw, South Carolina, where he was pastor of the Congregational church till his death. South Carolina college gave him the degree of D.D. Dr. McCalla possessed much learning and eloquence. His "Sermons and Essays" were edited with a memoir by William Hollingshead (2 vols., 1810).
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