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McClurg's In History
James McClurg - McCLURG, James, physician,
born in Hampton, Virginia, in 1747: died in Richmond, Virginia,
9 July, 1825. He was a fellow-student with Thomas
Jefferson at William and Mary college, at which institution
he was graduated in 1762. He took his degree in
medicine at Edinburgh in 1770, and subsequently pursued his
studies in London and Paris. On returning to this country
in 1773 he settled in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he soon
took high rank as a physician, but in 1783 he removed to Richmond.
He sat for many years in the Virginia council, and was a member
of the convention that framed the constitution of the United
States. During his residence abroad he published an " Essay
on the Human Bile" (London), which was translated into several
languages, lie is also the author of a paper on " Reasoning
in Medicine" in the Philadelphia " Journal of the Medical
Physical Sciences." He had considerable skill
as a writer of vers de societal, and his " Belles of Williamsburg"
(1777), a few stanzas of which were written by
Judge St. George Tucker, is published in John Esten Cooke's
" Virginia Comedians" (New York, 1854).
James McClurg was born near Hampton, VA, in 1746.
He attended the College of William and Mary and graduated
in 1762. McClurg then studied medicine at the
University of Edinburgh and received his degree in 1770. He
pursued postgraduate medical studies in Paris
and London and published Experiments upon the Human Bile and
Reflections on the Biliary Secretions (1772) in London.
His work and writings were well-received and respected by
the medical community, and his article was translated into
several languages. In 1773 McClurg returned to
Virginia and served as a surgeon in the state militia during
Before the end of the war the College of William
and Mary appointed McClurg its professor of anatomy and medicine.
The same year, 1779, he married Elizabeth Seldon.
James McClurg's reputation continued to grow, and he was regarded
as one of the most eminent physicians in Virginia.
In 1820 and 1821 he was president of the state medical society.
In addition to his medical practice, McClurg
pursued politics. In 1782 James Madison advocated McClurg's
appointment as secretary of foreign affairs for
the United States but was unsuccessful. When Richard Henry
Lee and Patrick Henry declined to serve as representatives
to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, McClurg was asked
to join Virginia's delegation. In Philadelphia
McClurg advocated a life tenure for the President and argued
for the ability of the federal government to override state
laws. Even as some at the convention expressed apprehension
of the powers allotted to the presidency, McClurg championed
greater independence of the executive from the legislative
branch. He left the convention in early August, however, and
did not sign the Constitution.
James McClurg's political service did not end
with the convention. During George Washington's administration
McClurg served on Virginia's executive council.
He died in Richmond, VA, on July 9, 1823. ... more
Alexander Caldwell McClurg - McCLURG,
Alexander Caldwell, publisher, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
about 1835. He was graduated at Miami university,
Oxford, Ohio, in 1853. He left the house of S. C. Griggs and
Co., booksellers of Chicago, to enter the National
army as a private, 15 August, 1862, and was subsequently commissioned
captain in the 88th Illinois volunteers. He was
promoted to lieutenant-colonel in the adjutant-general's department,
and chief of staff of the 14th army corps, and
brevetted colonel and brigadier-general. He served to the
end of the war in the Army of the Cumberland, and accompanied
General Shermap in his march to the sea. After the war he
returned to the book business in Chicago, becoming a partner
in the firm of Jansen, McClurg and Co., and the house is now
widely known under the name of A. C. McClurg and Co., booksellers
and publishers. General McClurg has been a frequent contributor
to periodical literature. ... more
Wayside Excursion: Virginia McClurg -
Concerned by the destruction of the ancient walls of the cities
of Mesa Verde by treasure-seeking profiteers,
Virginia McClurg spent almost 20 years of her life working
to save the cliff dwellings. From 1887 to 1906
McClurg engaged in a political campaign to inform the American
public and members of Congress about the need to preserve
this important window to the past.
McClurg traveled the country making speeches,
wrote poetry, and gained the support of 250,000 women on behalf
of the preservation of Mesa Verde. She founded
the Colorado Cliff Dwellers Association whose purpose it was
to restore and preserve the cliff and pueblo ruins
in the state of Colorado, disseminate knowledge about prehistoric
peoples, collect relics, and acquire property
as was necessary to attain the objects. McClurg also lectured
in Europe and spoke on behalf of Mesa Verde to many scientific
When Congressional support was finally secured,
it was discovered that the major ruins of Mesa Verde were
not included in the lands withdrawn for the park.
The bill was quickly amended to include any ruins within five
miles of the park and was passed on June 23, 1906.
With President Roosevelt's signature, Mesa Verde National
Park was created on June 29, 1906, and Virginia McClurg's
persistence was finally rewarded
McClurg's In Show Biz
Edie McClurg began her performing career
at age five with the oxymoronic Kansas City Rhythm Kids. She
retired when the dance teacher was arrested on
a morals charge for "dating" the tall and lithesome, yet underage
star dancer in the troup. That girl's big number
culminated with a backbend where she drank a coca-cola backwards,
Edie has a Master of Science from Syracuse and
taught radio at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for
eight years. there she re-entered the entertainment
field as a D.J., newswoman, and producer for the National
Public Radio affiliate KCUR-FM. Her proudest moment
was portraying John Erlichmann in Conversation 26 on the NPR
national broadcast of the NIXON TAPE TRANSCRIPTS.
Thus did Edie contribute to the peaceful overthrow of the
government of an unindicted co-conspirator.
Her career-long devotion to satirical improvisation
began with the Pischel Players in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
It closed on Saturday. Then she did a stint as
one of the stand-up comediennes working for free at the Comedy
Store. When she started, the other two women were
Shirley "What's Happening" Hemphill and a protege' of Redd
Foxx's who had woven bells into her braids.
Edie made a lasting mark on LA Improvisation
with "The Groundlings". From there she went on to write and
perform her original characters Mrs.
Marv Mendenhall, Dot Duncan, Whirly June Pickens, Officer
Jeanelle Archer, 105-year-old Edie, etc. on the
Daytime David Letterman Show. Television has been
a home to many of Edie's characters on "The Richard Pryor
Show" on NBC, as Lucille Tarek on "WKRP in Cincinatti"
and Mrs. Poole on "Valerie"", Valerie's Family", "The Hogan
Family", and many other series with and without
Her movie career growth paralleled her ten years
with "The Groundlings". Her first film was the teen horror
favorite "Carrie". She did several John Hughes
films including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off","Planes, Trains,
and Automobiles", "She's Having A Baby", and "Curly
Sue". Offbeat cult favs are "Eating Raoul", "Elvira", HBO
"Pee Wee Herman" Special, and Martin Mull's "History of White
Man in America". She has also had success in more
mainstream films. She received a National Media Award for
her portrayal of a mentally disabled woman in
"Bill: On His Own" starring Mickey Rooney. Plus she has acted
for Director Robert Redford in "A River Runs Through
It" and Oliver Stone in "Natural Born Killers". She was named
Best Actress of the Chicago Alternative Film Festival
for the role of Ted Kasczynski's Mother.
In the late 80's Edie studied with the Mother-Creator
of all Improv Comedy, Viola Spolin and continues to improvise
satiric comedy with the Second City Alumni at
the Arcadia Restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier most Wednesday
Edie studies acting with Milton Katselas and
through this work she has written and performed a one woman
show "Whirly June: A Midwestern Woman". She starred
in "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" at Tim Busfield's
"B" Street Theater in Sacramento. She made her
LA dramatic stage debut in the critically acclaimed "Never
in My Lifetime" by Shirley Gee about the troubles
in Northern Ireland.
Most recently on-camera Edie has appeared as
an inept Irish maid on "Nash Bridges", a noisy parishioner
Mrs. Beeker on "Seventh Heaven", and Lea Thompson's
mother on "Caroline in the City". Currently she is voicing
characters on Nickelodeon in the series "Kids
on 402" and "Rocket Beach", on HBO's "Crashbox", and "Clifford,
The Big Red Dog" for PBS.
Her most recent animated voices were in "The
Little Mermaid", "The Rugrats Movie", and as Dr. Flora in
"A Bug's Life". She also recently recorded a voice
for Disney's "Atlantis" with Michael J. Fox.
Representation: Agency: Pakula / King and Associates
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