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McCLURE, David, clergyman, born in Newport, Rhode Island, 18 November, 1748; died in East Windsor, Connecticut, 25 June, 1820. He was graduated at Yale in 1769, and, after some time spent in teaching, was ordained at Dartmouth college, 20 May, 1772, and spent sixteen months as a missionary to the Delaware Indians, near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania On 13 November, 1776, he was installed pastor of the Congregational church at North Hampton, New Hampshire, where he remained imtil August, 1785, when he was dismissed at his own request. The following year he was called to the church at East Windsor, Connecticut, and continued in that relation until his death, a period of thirty-four years, lie was trustee of Dart, nouth college from 1777 till 1800, and received the degree of D. D. from the same institution in 1803. Dr. McClure published, in addition to eleven occasional discourses, an " Oration at the Opening of Exeter Phillips Academy" 0783); "Sermons on the Moral Law " (1795 : new ed. in 1818) ; " Oration on the Death of General Washington " (1800); and, in connection with Reverend Dr. Parish, "Memoirs of the Reverend Eleazer Wheeloek, D. D." (1810).
McCLURE, George, soldier, born near Londonderry, Ireland, in 1771; died in Elgin, Illinois, 16 August, 1851. He emigrated to Baltimore in 1791, and subsequently settled in Bath, New York, where he studied law, and was successively a member of the legislature, sheriff, surrogate, and judge of Steuben county, he volunteered in the war of 1812. and in 1813 commanded a brigade on the Buffalo frontier, being brought prominently into notice by ordering the burning of Newark (afterward Niagara), Canada West. When he had determined early in December to abandon Fort, George, after endeavoring to destroy the former work by blowing it up while its garrison was crossing the river to Fort Niagara, he set fire to the neighboring village of Newark. The weather was intensely cold, mid the inhabitants, who had only been given a few hours' notice, including a large number of women and children, were driven from their homes into the deep snow, with but little food and clothing. Only one dwelling out of one hundred and fifty was left standing. When the British took possession of the abandoned fortification they decided on swift retaliation, and soon six villages, and manv isolated houses on the American bank of the Niagara river, together with several vessels, were set on fire, and scores of innocent persons lost their lives.
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