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McILVAINE, Joshua Hall, clergyman, born in Lewis, Delaware, 4 March, 1815. He was graduated at Princeton in 1837, and at the theological seminary there in 1840, was pastor successively of Presbyterian churches at Little Falls, Utica, and Rochester, New York, professor of belles-lettres at Princeton in 1860-'70, and pastor of the High street church in Newark, New Jersey, in 1870-'4. He introduced the name " Westminster" for churches in founding the church of that title in Utica. In 1859 he delivered a course of six lectures before the Smithsonian institution on comparative philology in relation to ethnology, including an analysis of the structure of the Sanskrit language, and the process of deciphering cuneiform inscriptions. In 1869 he delivered a similar course on social science in Philadelphia under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member for many years of the American oriental society, and in 1854 received the degree of D. D. from the University of Rochester, New York In 1887 he founded at Princeton, New Jersey, Evelyn college for girls. His publications include "The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" (New York, 1854); "Elocution, the Sources and Elements of its Power" (1870) ; "The Wisdom of Holy Scripture, with Reference to Sceptical Objections" (1883) : " The Wisdom of the Apocalypse" (1886), and religious and scientific articles.
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