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MAGAW, Samuel, educator, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about 1740; died there, 1 December, 1812. He was a member of the first class in the University of Pennsylvania, and was graduated in 1757. He went to England for orders in 1767, and on his return was a missionary of the Venerable society for propagating the gospel at Dover creek, Delaware He became rector of St. Paul's church, Philadelphia, in 1781, which office he held until 1804. He received the degree of D. D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1783, and was vice-provost of that institution from 1782 till 1791. Dr. Magaw aided in establishing the Philadelphia academy, and was secretary of the convention of Pennsylvania for several years. He published numerous sermons that he preached on special occasions. Bishop White, in his "Memoirs of the Protestant Episcopal Church," makes honorable mention of the part that was taken by Dr. Magaw in 1784 in the early movements toward the organization of the Protestant Episcopal church in the United States.
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