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McGRAW, John, merchant, born in Dryden, New York, 22 May, 1815; died in Ithaca, New York, 4 May, 1877. He began in humble circumstances, but was very successful in business, being extensively engaged in the lumber trade in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan, and the head of a firm that possessed large mills at Saginaw. He made Ithaca his residence in 1861, having lived for the previous eleven years in New York city. He was one of the original trustees of Cornell university, and erected at his own expense, at a cost of $150,000, the McGraw building, for the accommodation of the library and museum of the university.--His only daughter, Jennie, married Professor Daniel Willard Fiske (q. v.), and at her death bequeathed to Cornell University a library fund of nearly $1,000,000.
McGREADY, James, clergyman, born in western Pennsylvania about 1758; died in Henderson, Kentucky, in February, 1817. While he was a child his family removed to Guilford county, North Carolina He was educated at the school of Reverend Dr. John McMillan, Cannonsburgh, Pennsylvania, and licensed to preach on 13 August, 1788. After spending some time with Reverend Dr. John B. Smith at Hampden Sidney college, Virginia, he preached in Orange county, North Carolina, and was settled as a pastor, where Iris eloquence influenced many young men to follow the Christian ministry. In 1796 he removed to Kentucky, and was settled over the Gaspar river, Red river, and Muddy river churches, in Logan county. He was the originator and director of the great revival of 1800, in the Cumberland country, which forms a spiritual epoch in the history of the states west of the Alleghany mountains. In July, 1800, he organized an encampment, and thus originated the religious camp-meeting. The employment as preachers and evangelists of young men not regularly ordained to the ministry excited opposition in the church, and led to the organization in 1810 of the Cumberland Presbyterians. Two years afterward he withdrew from the new body and returned to his former presbytery. He wrote many forcible sermons, which were collected and published by the Reverend James Smith (Nashville). ***gee his "Life," by Reverend J. B. Lindsley (Nashville).
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