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BROWNLEE, William Craig', clergyman, born in Torfoot, Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1784; died in New York City, 10 February, 1860. He studied for five years in the University of Glasgow, and received the degree of Massachusetts He was licensed to preach in 1808, married, and came to this country, where he became pastor of two Associate churches in Washington County, Pennsylvania He was invited to the Associate church in Philadelphia in 1813, and in 1815 became rector of the grammar school in New Brunswick, New Jersey He was called to the Presbyterian church in Baskingridge, New Jersey, in 1817, and in 1825 made professor of Latin and Greek at Rutgers. In 1826 he was installed as one of the ministers of the Collegiate Reformed Dutch church in New York. About 1843 Dr. Brownlee had a paralytic stroke, from which he never fully recovered. He was prominent as a controversial writer, and was an earnest opponent of the Roman Catholic Church and the Quakers. He edited the " Dutch Church Magazine" through four consecutive volumes, and published " Inquiry into the Principles of the Quakers" (Philadelphia, 1824);" The Roman Catholic Controversy" (1834); "Treatise on Popery" (New York, 1847); " Lights and Shadows of Christian Life" (1847); " The Christian Youths' Book," " Christian Father at Home," " Deity of Christ," "History of the Western Apostolic Church," "The Converted Murderer," and " The Whigs of Scotland," a romance, besides several pamphlets. See "Memorial of Dr. Brownlee" (New York, 1860).
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