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MURRAY, John, clergyman, born in Antrim, Ireland, 22 May, 1742; died in Newburyport, Massachusetts, 13 March, 1793. He was educated in Edinburgh, came to this country in 1763, and held Presbyterian pastorates in Philadelphia, Boothbay, Maine, and Newburyport, Massachusetts He possessed great oratorical powers, which he used in the patriot cause, and on one occasion raised a full company of volunteers for the Continental army in a few hours. He also exercised much influence over his congregation as a moralist, was an acknowledged political power, and on several occasions was instrumental in effecting the exchange of prisoners. He published "Sermons on Justification" (1780) and "Sermons on the Original Sin Imputed" (1791).
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