Married to Cindella Bowman.
Appointed Assistant Curator of the Coin Cabinet in 1868. Promoted to Chief Curator of the mint cabinet in Philadelphia in 1881. He published An Index to the Coins and Medals of the Cabinet about 1891. The 1891 edition carried the name of O. C. Bosbyshell as Superintendent. An 1895 edition carries the name of Herman Kretz as Superintendent. McClure represented the Mint at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
He died at home in Philadelphia.
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A visitor's guide to the United States Mint cabinet in Philadelphia. Two editions were published, the first in 1891 and the second in 1895.