McCLURE, Jonathan, was one of the first justices of the county of Dauphin. He was the son of Richard McClure, born about 1745 in Paxtang township, Lancaster, now Dauphin county. He was on of Joseph Hutchinson’s pupils, received a good English education, and was brought up to mercantile pursuits. When the war of the Revolution needed his support he became a lieutenant in Capt. John Rutherford’s company and did valiant service during the New Jersey campaign of 1776, and that around Philadelphia the year following. Toward the close of the war he commanded a company of militia raised in Paxtang for the defense of the frontiers. He was commissioned by the Supreme Executive Council a justice of the peace September 8, 1784, and on the 17th of November following one of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas. When the county of Dauphin was organized the spring following he came to be one of the first judges of the courts. He died at Middletown on Wednesday, December 11, 1799, aged about fifty-four years. Of the three persons who illumined the judicial bench one hundred years ago, Judge McClure was the most intelligent. He was one of the men of mark of this locality, and it is proper that his memory, with those of the other two worthies, his colleagues, be preserved.
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