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MacVEAGH, Wayne, lawyer, born in Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 19 April, 1833. He was graduated at Yale in 1853, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1856, and served as district attorney for Chester county from 1859 till 1864. In 1862 he was captain of cavalry, when the invasion of Pennsylvania was threatened, and in 1863 he was chairman of the Republican central committee of Pennsylvania. In 1870-'1 he was United States minister to Turkey, and in 1872-'3 was a member of the Pennsylvania constitutional convention, he was the chief member of the " MacVeagh commission " that was sent to Louisiana in 1877 by President Hayes to represent him unofficially, and to endeavor to bring the conflicting parties in that state to an understanding. In 1881 he was appointed United States attorney-general in the cabinet of President Garfield, but resigned, with the other members, on the accession of President Arthur, and resumed his law practice in Philadelphia. He received the degree of LL.D. from Amherst in 1881. He has been chairman of the civil service reform, association of Philadelphia, and also chairman of the Indian rights association of that city for several years.
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