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McKEAN, Joseph, clergyman, born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, 19 April, 1776; died in Havana, Cuba, 17 March, 1818. He was graduated at Harvard in 1794, and taught in Ipswich and Berwick till 1797, when he was ordained pastor of the Congregational church in Milton, Massachusetts The failure of his health compelled his resignation in 1804, and he resumed teaching. He declined the chair of mathematics at Harvard in 1806, but two years afterward accepted the Boylston professorship of rhetoric and oratory, succeeding John Quincy Adams, continuing in office until a few months before his death, which was the result of pulmonary disease. Princeton gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1818, and Allegheny college that of D. D. a few months later. He published occasional sermons, and a " Memoir of the Reverend John Eliot." printed in the Massachusetts historical collections.
McKEAN, Samuel, senator, born in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, in 1790; died in McKean county, Pennsylvania, 23 June, 1840. He was elected to congress as a Democrat in 1822, served in 1823-'9, and from March, 1833, till March, 1839, was United States senator from Pennsylvania.
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