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McCORD, John, Canadian pioneer, born in Armagh, h'eland, in 1711 ; died in Montreal, Canada, in 1793. He was of Scotch-Irish descent, and among the first settlers in New France after the conquest. He was a strong advocate of the rights of the people, and was one of the leaders in the movenlent in 1773 to claim from Great Britain the fulfilment of its-promise, made ten years before, to establish in the province of Quebec a legislature similar to those in the other British colonies. He was chairman of the first meeting that was called for this purpose in Quebec. Mr. McCord opposed the measures that resulted in the Quebec act of 1774, which gave nluch offence to the British colonies in America, and which was an important factor in the causes of the Revolution.--His grandson, John Samuel, Canadian jurist, born near Dublin, Ireland. 18 June, 1801 ; died in Montreal, 28 June, 1865, came to Canada in 1806, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1823. He engaged in practice until the rebellion in 1837, when he entered the volunteer service, raised a cavalry corps, commanded a brigade, and was for a time in command of the whole military force of Montreal. After the restoration of peace he was appointed commissioner of public works, and also a commissioner for the abolition of the feudal system in Canada. On the reorganization of the courts by the special council, he became a district judge and judge of the court of requests, and afterward judge of the circuit court. On the reorganization of the judiciary in 1857 he was appointed a judge of the superior court. He was an ardent student of natural history and meteorology, wrote important articles on the latter science, and was one of the founders of the Montreal natural history society and of the Art association of that city. He was successively vice-chancellor and chancellor of the University of Bishop's college, Lennoxville, and aided in introducing synods into the Church of England in Canada.
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McCORKLE, Samuel Eusebius, clergyman, born near ttarris's Ferry, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 23 August, 1746; died in North Carolina, 21 January, 1811. In 1756 his family removed to Thyatira, North Carolina, and settled on the lands of the Earl of Granville. Samuel assisted his father in clearing and cultivating the farm, and was afterward graduated at Princeton in 1772. He studied theology, was licensed by the presbytery of New York in 1774, and, after spending two years in Virginia, accepted a call from Thyatira, North Carolina About 1785 he opened a classical school, which he called Zion-Parnassus, and which continued for ten or twelve years. In 1792 he received the degree of D.D. from Dickinson. Dr. MeCorkle published sermons, "Discourses on the Terms of Christian Communion," and "Discourses on the great First Principles of Deism and Revelation contrasted" (1797).
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