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McCLURG, James, physician, born in Hampton, Virginia, in 1747: died in Richmond, Virginia, 9 July, 1825. He was a fellow-student with Thomas Jefferson at William and Mary college, at which institution he was graduated in 1762. He took his degree in medicine at Edinburgh in 1770, and subsequently pursued his studies in London and Paris. On returning to this country in 1773 he settled in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he soon took high rank as a physician, but in 1783 he removed to Richmond. He sat for many years in the Virginia council, and was a member of the convention that framed the constitution of the United States. During his residence abroad he published an " Essay on the Human Bile" (London), which was translated into several languages, lie is also the author of a paper on " Reasoning in Medicine" in the Philadelphia " Journal of the Medical Physical Sciences." He had considerable skill as a writer of vers de societal, and his " Belles of Williamsburg" (1777), a few stanzas of which were written by Judge St. George Tucker, is published in John Esten Cooke's " Virginia Comedians" (New York, 1854).
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