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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

McConaughy (M'Conaughy), David 1775-1852

David McConaughy (September 29, 1775 – January 29, 1852) was an American Presbyterian clergyman and the fourth president of Washington College from 1831 to 1852.

David McConaughy was born on September 29, 1775 in Menallen, Pennsylvania, six miles from Gettysburg in what was then York County. He was tutored locally and attended the Rev. Alexander Dobbin's classical School in Gettysburg. He attended Dickinson College in nearby Carlisle. He was elected to the Union Philosophical Society and graduated in September 1795 with the honor of being assigned the Latin Salutary. He continued his studies in theology under Rev. Nathan Grier and on October 5, 1797, the New Castle presbytery licensed him to preach.
After a time as a traveling preacher, he became the head of the congregation at Upper Marsh Creek in October 1800. When in 1813 the new Adams County seat was inaugurated in nearby Gettysburg, the church moved into town. In the ensuing two decades, McConaughy became an active figure in Gettysburg, founding a grammar school in 1807, which the county took over in 1812, as well as founding and serving as first president of the first Temperance Society in Adams County. His reputation as a teacher led Washington College to offer him the post of president in March 1830. Although he did not accept initially due to family difficulties, he accepted the trustees' second offer in December 1831. Installed in May 1832, he served Washington College through difficult times for more than sixteen years until his retirement at age 74 in 1849.
He married Mary Mahon of Shippensburg in the spring of 1802. She lived to survive him after fifty years of marriage, though they had no children. David McConaughy died at his home in Washington, Pennsylvania on January 29, 1852.

Annals of the American Pulpit, Volume 4 - 1860 (see page 199)

Centennial Biography: Men of Mark of Cumberland Valley, Pa., 1776-1876 - 1876 - By Alfred Nevin (see page 120 for entry on D. M'Conaughy, D.D., LL.D.)

Discourses: chiefly biographical, of persons eminent in sacred history - 1850 - By David M'Conaughy

Source: The Presbyterian Magazine, Volume 2 - 1852 - edited by Cortlandt Van Rensselaer (see page 422)

Drunkenness Excludes From Heaven: A Discourse on 1 Corinthians 6:10. By David M'Conaughy, A.M. Pastor of the Presbyterian Congregation, Gettysburg.
(From the Christian Advocate, Volume 5)

Sermon: Christ, "The Lord Our Righteousness." Galatians 2:21 by David M'Conaughy (From The Presbyterian Preacher, Volume 2 - 1834)

Sermon: Remember the Sabbath Day, to Keep It Holy (Jeremiah 17:27) by David M'Conaughy (From The Presbyterian Preacher, Volume 4 - 1835)

Title: A sermon on the necessity of a high tone of piety in the gospel ministry: preached by the appointment of the Synod of Wheeling, at their meeting in Washington, October 16, 1844
Authors: David M'Conaughy, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Synod of Wheeling
Publisher: Printed at the Presbyterian Advocate Office, 1844
Length: 15 pages
Subjects: Clergy Piety Preaching Sermons, American

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