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James Logan (1674 - 1751):
Colonial official and scholar

James Logan was born in Lurgan, County Armagh, and was educated by his father, a Quaker schoolmaster. He was apprenticed to a Dublin linen draper, and it would appear that he taught for some years in England and was involved in trade between Dublin and Bristol. He went to America as the secretary of William Penn in 1699. He became Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, Mayor of Philadelphia, and State Governor in 1736. He is remembered for his considerate treatment of the Indians. He became interested in botany and natural science and Linnaeus named the Loganiacae for him. He contributed papers on scientific subjects to the Royal Society, and his translation of Cicero's De Senectute was published. He bequeathed his extensive library to Philadelphia. He died on his estate at Germantown.

Born: 20 August 1674
Died: 31 October 1751
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