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MacCARTNEY, Washington, educator, born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, 24 August, 1812; died in Philadelphia in July, 1856. He was graduated at Jefferson college, Pennsylvania, in 1834, and was professor of mathematics and moral philosophy in Lafayette, Pennsylvania, in 1835, and again in 1837, 1843-'4, and 1846. In 1836 he filled the chair of modern languages in Jefferson college. In the latter institution he was also professor of mental and moral philosophy for several years subsequent to 1849. He had previously studied law and was admitted to the bar of Northampton county, Pennsylvania, in 1838. In 1846-'8 he served the county as deputy attorney-general, and was elected president judge of the 3d judicial district of Pennsylvania in 1851, which office he filled until his death. In 1846 he established a law-school at Easton, Pennsylvania, which in 1854 was incorporated as the "Union Law-School." It was in successful operation at the time of his decease. Professor McCartney had received the degree of LL. D.
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