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MAXWELL, William Henry, educator, born near Stewartstown, County Tyrone, Ireland, 5 March, 1852. He was educated by his father, who was a, Presbyterian clergyman, and was graduated in 1872 at Queen's university, Ireland. In that year he became one of the assistant masters in the Royal Belfast academical institution, and professor of English literature and history in the Ladies' collegiate institution in that el@. He came to the United States in 1874, and engaged in journalism, at first on the New York "Tribune" and "Herald," and then as managing editor of the Brooklyn "Times," which place he held for five years. While so engaged, he took a deep interest in the educational welfare of the city, and was appointed lecturer on history and civil government in the evening high-schools. In 1882 he was elected associate superintendent of public instruction of the city of Brooklyn, and in 1887 was advanced to the post of superintendent. Mr. Maxwell has patented a method of extinguishing fires in warehouses, and has published "Primary Lessons in Language and Composition" (New York, 1887).
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