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MacDONALD, James Madison, clergyman, born in Limerick, Maine, 22 May, 1812; died in Princeton, New Jersey, 19 April, 1S76. His father, John, was a ma-jor-general of inilitia, and served in the war of 1S12. The son was graduated at Union college in 1832, and at Yale theological seminary in 1835, and was ordained pastor of the 3d Congregational
church of Berlin, Connecticut, the same year. He was successively pastor of churches in New London, Connecticut, Jamaica, New York, New York city, and Princeton, New Jersey, continuing in the latter charge from 1853 until his death. He delivered a course of lectures on homiletics in Boston university in 1874. Dr. MacDonald was a constant writer for the religious press, and contributed an able defence of the historian Gibbon to the "Bibliotheca Sacra." His other publications include " Credulity as illustrated by Successful Impostures in Science, Superstition, and Fanaticism " (New York, 1843); "A Key to the Book of Revelation "(1846) ; "History of the Presbyterian Church of Jamaica, Long Island" (1847) ; "My Father's House, or the Heaven of the Bible " (1855) ; " Book of Ecclesiastes Explained" (1856); and " The Life and Writings of St. John," published after his death (1879).--His brother, Moses, congressman, born in Limerick, Maine, 8 April, 1814; died in Saco, Maine, 18 October, 1869, was educated at Bowdoin, studied law, and in 1837 was admitted to the bar. He was in the Maine legislature in 1841-'5, was speaker the latter year, and in 1847-'9 state treasurer. He was elected to congress as a Democrat in 1850, served till 1855, was collector of customs at Portland in 1857-'61, and after the latter date returned to his profession, which he continued to practise until his death.
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