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McMURDIE, Henry, clergyman, born in London, England, 21 May, 1822; died in Emmettsburg, Maryland, 20 January, 1880. He received his preparatory education in London, and entered a mercantile house in Liverpool. During the Tractarian movement in England he became a Roman Catholic, and, coming to the United States, entered Mount St. Mary's seminary, Emmettsburg, and in 1854 was ordained priest. He was appointed professor of dogmatic theology and moral philosophy in St. Mary's, and succeeded Archbishop Elder as director of the ecclesiastical seminary. He was looked on as one of the ablest theologians and metaphysicians of his church in the United States.
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