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McCAGG, Ezra Butler, lawyer, born in Kinderhook, New York, 22 November, 1825. He studied law in Hudson and settled in 1847 in Chicago, where he has taken a high rank in his profession, having refused a nomination by both parties for judge of the Illinois supreme court. Mr. McCagg was a member of the United States sanitary commission, and president of the Northwestern sanitary commission and of the board of trustees of the Illinois eastern hospital for the insane, and first president of the Lincoln park trustees. His library and art collection, one of the best in the west, was destroyed by the fire of 1871. He has since then collected another large library and many choice works of art. Among them is the historical picture by G. P. A. Healy representing the conference between Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, and Porter, on board "The Queen," 28 March, 1865, at City Point, which is represented in the article SHERMAN, WILLIAM TECUMSEH. Mr. McCagg has delivered many lectures, and published numerous pamphlets
McCAINE, Alexander, clergyman, born in Tipperary, Ireland, about 1775; died in Montgomery, Alabama, 1 June, 1856. He was educated in England, and was intended for the Anglican ministry ; but, after emigrating to the United States in 1791, he accepted the Methodist doctrines, was admitted into the conference in 1797, and ordained an elder in 1801. He was for many years a travelling companion of Bishop Francis Asbury, filled important pulpits, and located in 1821. He became interested in the question of lay representation in the councils of his church, and after the adverse decision of the general conference of 1824 published a treatise in support of his views, called "History and Mystery of Methodist Episcopacy" (Baltimore, 1829), which called forth a reply from Bishop John Emory, entitled " Defence of our Fathers." He was a leader in the organization of the Methodist Protestant church in 1830, and one of the most eloquent and influential ministers in that denomination.
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