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McMURTRIE, Henry, educator, born in Philadelphia in 1793; died there, 26 May, 1865. He was graduated at the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1814, and became professor of anatomy and physiology in the Central high-school of Philadelphia. He was the author of valuable text-books, including a "Lexicon Scientarium : a Dictionary of Terms used in the Various Branches of Anatomy, Astronomy, Botany, Geology, Geometry, Hygiene, Mineralogy, Natural Philosophy, Physiology, Zoology, etc." (Philadelphia, 1847). He also published a translation of Cuvier's "Animal Kingdom" (1832).--His cousin, Richard Coxe, lawyer, born in Cumberland county, New Jersey, 24 October, 1819, studied law in Philadelphia, where in 1840 he was admitted to the bar. Shortly afterward he served for a year as captain's clerk in the United States navy, then entered on the practice of law, in which he early attained prominence, and is now (1888) one of the recognized leaders of the Philadelphia bar. He was a vice-provost of the law academy of Philadelphia from 1864 till 1881. He was for several years one of the guardians of the poor, and is now a director of the department of charities and corrections of Philadelphia. He published, with George W. Biddle. a " General Index, etc." (2 vols., Philadelphia, 1857) : and "A Reading on Article XVI., See. 7, Constitution of Pennsylvania" (1885); and has written on legal subjects for several magazines.
McMURTRIE, William, chemist, born in Belvidere, New Jersey, 10 March, 1851. He was graduated at Lafayette in 1871 as a mining engineer, and received in course the degree of Ph. D. in 18751 In 1872 he was appointed assistant chemist to the United States department of agriculture in Washington, and in 1873-'8 he was chemist-in-chief. He was then appointed superintendent of agricultural products in the United States section of the World's fair in Paris in 1878, and at the same time commissioned agent and representative of the United States department of agriculture to the exposition. Since 1882 he has filled the chair of chemistry and mineralogy in the University of Illinois, and he is also chemist to the state board of agriculture. Professor McMurtrie is a member of scientific societies, and in 1884 received from the French government the title of chevalier du merite agricole. He published reports from the division of chemistry of the department of agriculture, which were issued annually and under the direction of the commissioner; " Report on Culture of the Sugar-Beet" (Washington, 1879) ; "Report on Culture of Sumac" (1879); "Report on Statistics of Grape Culture in the United States" (1880) ; and "Report upon Examination of Wools and other Animal Fibres" (1887).
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