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McDOWELL, John, clergyman, born in Bedminster, New Jersey, 10 September, 1780; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in February, 1863. He was graduated at Princeton in 1801, and ordained in 1804 pastor of the Presbyterian church in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, where he remained till 1833. He then was in charge of the Central church of Philadelphia till 1846, and in May of that year established the Spring Garden church, of which he was pastor till his death, he was a trustee of Princeton for more than fifty years, and of the theological seminary there from its foundation, and as agent of both institutions he collected sums for their endowment. Union and the University of South Carolina gave him the degree of D. D. in 1818. The first Sunday-school in Elizabethtown was established (luring his pastorate there in 1814, and he wrote for its use the first Bible-class questions that were ever published (Elizabethtown, 1814). His other works are "A Bible-Class Manual" (1819) and "A System of Theology" (1826). See "Memoir," by William B. Sprague (New York, 1864).
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