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Rev James McVean

Rev James McVean

Birth
Johnstown, Fulton County, New York, USA
Death 8 Jul 1857 (aged 60–61)
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Chapel Hill, Lot 570.
Memorial ID 58944308 · View Source
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Remains removed from the Presbyterian Cemetery on September 23, 1891.

From A Portrait of Old George Town by Grace Dunlop

Reverend James McVean, who was born near Johnstown, New York in 1796. He was a graduate of Union College in 1813 and of Princeton in 1819. It was said that he spoke seven languages with fluency and that the chair of Greek at Princeton was always open to him. He came to Georgetown about 1820 and married Jane Maffitt Whann in 1828. For twenty years he was the principal of a classical seminary for boys in Georgetown, the same one founded by Dr. David Wiley. There a large number of young men were prepared for college, who afterwards attained distinction in various professions or government positions of trust and honor. He was for twenty-five years superintendent of the Presbyterian Sabbath School.

He died July 8, 1847 and as a testimonial of respect, the Board of Common Council and Aldermen, of which he was a member, suspended business for eight days, and crêpe was worn on the arm for thirty days.


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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 20 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58944308
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev James McVean (1796–8 Jul 1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58944308, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .