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McVICKAR, John, clergyman, born in New York city, 10 August, 1787; died there, 29 October, 1868. He was graduated at Columbia in 1804, and spent some time in England with his father, who was one of the rich merchants of New York. In 1811 he took orders in the Protestant Episcopal church, and became rector of St. James's church, Hyde Park, New York in 1817 he was appointed professor of moral philosophy, rhetoric, and belles-lettres (to which was afterward added the evidences of Christianity) in Columbia, the duties of which office he discharged for nearly half a century. Dr. McVickar was superintendent of the Society for promoting religion and learning in New York, and from 1856 onward labored diligently toward securing a training-school for that diocese. The result was the establishment of St. Stephen's college, Annandale. From 1844 till 1862 he was chaplain to the United States forces at Fort Columbus, Governor's island, New York In 1864 he retired from active duty in the college, and was honored with the title of emeritus professor. Columbia gave him the degrees of A.M. in 1818 and S. T. D. in 1825. Besides numerous occasional essays and addresses, etc., he published "Narrative of the Life of Dr. Samuel Bard " (1822); "First Lessons in Political Economy" (New York, 1825); " Memoir of the Reverend Edmund D. Griffin," appended to the " Remains" of the latter (1831) ; "Early Years of Bishop Hobart " (1834) ; and "Professional Years of Bishop Hobart" (1836).--His son, William Augustus, clergyman, born in New York city, 24 April, 1827; died there, 24 September, 1877, was graduated at Columbia in 1846, studied in the General theological seminary of New York, and became rector of St. Barnabas, Irvington, New York, and subsequently of the American chapel in Nice, France. Columbia gave him the degree of S. T. D. in 1870, and in 1876 he was made rector of Christ church, New York. He was the author of the "Life of John McVickar," his father, in which there is an interesting account of Mr. McVickar's visit to Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford in 1830 (New York, 1872).
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