Maginnis, John Sharp, Dd
Maginnis, John Sharp, D.D.
a Baptist minister, was born in Butler Co., Pa., June 13, 1805; was licensed to preach May 25, 1827; studied afterwards at Waterville College, Me., Brown University, and the theological seminary in Newton, Mass.; was ordained pastor of the First Baptist Church of Portland, Me., in Oct. 1832, and there remained until ill health compelled him to remove. In the winter of 1837-38 he was pastor of the Pine Street Church of Providence, R. I.; later he became professor of Biblical theology in the literary and theological institution at Hamilton, N. Y. (now Madison University); in 1850, professor of Biblical and pastoral theology in the new theological school connected with the Rochester University, and also professor of intellectual and moral philosophy in the university. He was made M.A. by Waterville College while at Hamilton, and D.D. by Brown University in 1844. Failing health finally compelled him to resign his professorship in the University, but he continued his labors in the theological school until his death, Oct. 15, 1852. Dr. Maginnis published only a few detached articles, among them one on the philosophy of Cousin (published in the Christian Review), which attracted much attention. See Sprague, Annals, 6:766; Christian Rev. vol. 18 (Jan.).