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MacGREG0R, John, British political economist, born in Drynie, near Stornoway, Ross-shire, Scotland, in 1797; died in Boulogne, France, 23 April, 1857. He was the eldest son of David MacGregor, of Drynie, Ross-shire. When quite young, John was sent to Canada and placed in a commercial house on Prince Edward island. He soon became prominent in the colony, and finally obtained a seat in the colonial legislature. After a lengthened colonial experience he returned to the mother-country, and was employed on various commercial missions, he was made secretary of the board of trade in 1840, and held the office until 1847, when he was elected by the citizens of Glasgow as one of their representatives in parliament. He took an active part in the free-trade controversy, and with Joseph Hume and ***othel"s was instrumental in inducing the house of commons to appoint a select committee on the import duties. His published works are numerous. Among them are "Historical and Descriptive Sketches of the Maritime Colonies of British North America! (1828); " Emigration to British America "(182***!-)) "My Note-Book" (1835); " Commercial and Financial Legislation of Europe and America " (1841); "American Discovery from the Times of Columbus " (1846) ; " Germany and her Resources " (1848); and an uncompleted "History of the British Empire from the Accession of James I." (1852).
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McGROARTY, Stephen Joseph, soldier, born in Mount Charles county, Donegal, Ireland, in 1830" died in College Hill, Ohio, 2 January, 1870. He was brought to the United States when three years of age. His parents settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was educated in St. Francis Xavier college. After graduation he engaged in the dry-goods business in partnership with an uncle, but left it at the end of five years to study law. He was admitted to the bar and began practice in Toledo, but subsequently returned to Cincinnati, where he achieved a reputation as a criminal lawyer. When the civil war began he raised a company of Irish-Americans for three months, with which he re-enlisted for three years. At Carnifex Ferry he received a gunshot wound through the right lung. As soon as he had recovered he returned to the field as colonel of the 50th Ohio infantry, which was afterward merged in the 61st, and he commanded the latter till the end of the war. At Peach Tree Creek his left arm was shattered at the elbow in the beginning of the engagement, yet he remained with his men through the fight. He was accustomed to expose his life with the utmost hardihood, and during the war received twenty-three wounds. He was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers on 1 May, 1865. He was for two years collector of internal revenue, and just before his death, which resulted from injuries received in battle, was elected clerk of the Hamilton county courts.
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