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McLEAN, John, merchant, born in Thomaston, Maine, in 1761; died in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1823. He was educated in the public schools of Milton, Massachusetts, to which place his parents had removed, and those of Boston, engaged in trade in that city, and accumulated a fortune. When he died he left, $25,000 to found a professorship of ancient and modern history at Harvard, and upward of $100,000 to the Massachusetts general hospital, which was devoted to the asylum for the insane at Somerville, since called the McLean asylum.
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