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MacVICAR, Malcolm, educator, born in Dunglass, Argyleshire, Scotland, 30 September, 1829. When he was very young his parents came to Canada and settled in the county of Kent. He was graduated at the University of Rochester in 1859, and in that year became professor of mathematics in Brockport collegiate institute, New York, of which he was principal in 1863-'7. He then accepted a similar place in the State normal school in Brockport. He became superintendent of public schools in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1868, principal of the State normal school, Potsdam, New York, in 1869, and principal of the State normal school, Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1880, and since 1881 he has been professor of apologetics and biblical interpretation in English in the Baptist college, Toronto, Canada. He was the principal mover in securing a law to establish four new normal schools in New York state in 1866. In 1870 he received "the degree of Ph.D. from the University of the state of New York, and that of LL. D. from the University of Rochester. He is the inventor of the MacVicar tellurian globe, and of various devices to illustrate principles in arithmetic, astronomy, and geography, and is the author of text-books in arithmetic.--His brother, Donald Harvey, Canadian educator, born in Dunglass, Argyleshire, Scotland, 29 November, 1831, was graduated at Knox college, Toronto, in 1858. He became pastor of Knox church, Guelph, in 1859, of Cote street church, Montreal, in January, 1861, and in 1868 professor of divinity in the newly established Presbyterian college in that city. During four years he was the only professor, but was afterward appointed principal, with a strong staff of professors and lecturers. He was lecturer on logic in McGill university in 1871, in 1876 and 1884 delivered courses of lectures upon applied logic, and in 1878 a course on ethics before the Ladies' educational association of Montreal. In 1881 he was chosen moderator of the general assembly of the Presbyterian church in Canada, and he was a delegate to the Presbyterian councils that met in Edinburgh in 1877, in Philadelphia in 1880, m Belfast in 1884, and in London in 1887, in 1881 he received the diploma. of membership of the Athene orientale of Paris. He also received the degree of LL. D. from McGill university, and that of D.D. from Knox college, Toronto. He has been a member of the Protestant school commission, and is a leader in the work of French evangelization in Canada. He is the author of a primary and advanced text-book on arithmetic, and numerous articles in periodicals.
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