James Logan


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Logan, JAMES, statesman; born in Lurgan, Ireland, October 20, 1674; was an accomplished scholar and linguist. In 1699 he accepted the invitation of William Penn to become the secretary of his province of Pennsylvania; and when the proprietor returned to England in 1701, he left Logan entrusted with important executive offices, which he filled with zeal, ability, and good judgment. He was chief-justice of the province. On the death of Gordon (1736), so long the faithful guardian of the proprietor's rights, Logan, as president of the council, administered the government for two years. Logan was always the friend of the Indians. At his death, near Philadelphia, October 31, 1751, he left his valuable library of 2,000 volumes to the city of Philadelphia.



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