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Muhlenberg, Henry Melchior 1711-1787

Clergyman; born in Eimbeck, Hanover, Germany, Sept. 6, 1711; was the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America, having come to Philadelphia as a missionary in the fall of 1742. He afterwards lived at Trappe, Montgomery co., Pa. He was devoted to the service of building up churches, relieving the destitute, and doing his “Master's business” continually, travelling as far as Georgia. In 1748 he was chiefly instrumental in organizing the first Lutheran synod in America, that of Pennsylvania. He died in Trappe, Pa., Oct. 7, 1787.

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