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MUIR, James, clergyman, born in Cumnock, Scotland, 12 April, 1757; died in Alexandria, Virginia, 8 August, 1820. He was graduated at the University of Glasgow in 1776, studied theology at Edinburgh, and was licensed as a dissenting minister in London in 1779, after which he taught. In 1781 he was ordained an evangelist at the Scots church in London, and accepted a call from a company of Scotch Presbyterians in Bermuda, where he remained for eight years, acting also as principal of an academy. In 1788 he came to New York, and in 1789 he was called to the Presbyterian church of Alexandria, Virginia, which charge he held until his death. In 1719 he received the degree of D. D. from Yale. Dr. Muir was the author of "An Examination of the Principles contained in the 'Age of Reason ': In 'fen Discourses " (1795) and a volume of ten sermons preached on special occasions (1812).--His son, Samuel C., physician, born in the District of Columbia about 1785 ; died about 1832, was educated at. Edinburgh, and joined the United States army as a surgeon on 7 April, 1813, but resigned his commission, 1 April, 1818, married the daughter of a chief of the Sac or Fox Indians, and was regarded as one of the greatest men of the nation. About three years before his death he practised medicine in Galena, Illinois, and during the Black Hawk war he volunteered to stay the ravages of a cholera epidemic in the army, but, after saving many soldiers, fell a victim to the disease.
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