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McELLIGOTT, James Napoleon, educator, born in Richmond, Virginia, 3 October, 1812; died in New York city, 22 October, 1866. He came to New York at an early age, attended a private school, and studied in the New York university, but left before receiving a degree. In 1837 he became a candidate for orders in the Protestant Episcopal church, but was not ordained, and devoted his subsequent life to teaching and to the preparation of text-books. In 1845 he was principal of the school of the General society of mechanics and tradesmen in New York. In 1849 he opened a private school, which he continued until his death. He labored actively among the poor, and was interested in Epiphany mission church, raising a fund for its future support. He was president of the State teachers' association. In 1849 he received the degree of M. A. from Yale, and in 1852 that of LL. D. from Harrodsburg Female college, Kentucky In 1848 he was editor of "The Teachers' Advocate," a journal devoted to science and literature. In addition to Greek and Hebrew text-books, he published a " Manual, Analytical and Synthetical, of Orthography and Definition" (New York, 1845); "The Young Analyzer" (1849) ; " The Humorous Speaker" (1853) ; and "The American Debater" (1855). He also wrote Sunday-school hymns, and an unfinished Latin grammar.
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