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Maclure, William, 1763-1840


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    • M'Clure, William, 1763-1840
    • Member of the late board, 1763-1840
    • McClure, William, 1763-1840
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      • found: United States. House. Committee on Claims. William M'Clure. January 23, 1828 ... the petition of William M'Clure late of Pennsylvania, for services rendered the United States under the Treaty with France, 1828.
      • found: United States. Board of Commissioners for the Adjustment of French Spoliation Claims. To the people of the United States, 1807:t.p. verso (Member of the late board)
      • found: Appletons' cyclopaedia of Amer. biog., 1888(Maclure, William; geologist; visited N.Y. 1782 but soon returned to England where he became partner in firm of Miller, Hart and Co.; 1796 returned to U.S.; 1803 served abroad as one of commissioners to settle French spoliation claims of American citizens; while in Europe became interested in geology; upon return undertook geological survey of entire country; president Academy of Natural Sciences; visited West Indies to study geology; 1819 went to France and Spain where he proposed to est. agricultural school; erected buildings near Alicante but after government overthrow land reverted to church; 1824 returned to U.S. and joined others in est. New Harmony, Ind.; 1827 went to Mexico and continued to reside there till his death; b. Ayr, Scotland 1763; d. San Angel, Mexico 3/23/1840)
      • found: NUCMC data from Indiana Historical Society for Indiana. Circuit Court (Posey County). Civil order book, 1840-1859(William McClure, 1763-1840; Indiana geologist and philanthropist)
      • found: BGMI, June 17, 2009(Maclure, William (1763-1840); Maclure, William (James) (1763-1840))
      • found: Amer. nat. biog., June 17, 2009(Maclure, William; b. Oct. 27, 1763, Ayr, Scotland; d. Mar. 1840, San Angel, Mexico; scientist and educational reformer; moved permanently to Philadelphia in 1796 and became an American citizen; originally named James McClure, he changed his name at some point in early manhood; became a partner in the American firm of Miller, Hart & Co. in London; retired 1797 on his substantial earnings and soon developed an interest in science, especially in mineralogy and geology; in 1816 became associated with the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia; in 1817 elected to the presidency of the academy, a position he held until his death)
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