Calvin Weiss Laufer

LAUFER, Calvin Weiss. b. Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, 6 April 1874; d. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 20 September 1938. Calvin Weiss Laufer was a minister, editor, writer of hymn texts and tunes, and a founder of The Hymn Society (now The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada*). The eldest child of Nathan Laufer, a farmer and miller, and Angelina Weiss Laufer, he was baptized at Zion German Reformed Church in Brodheadsville. His parents settled in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood in Philadelphia during his early years. He earned degrees from Franklin and Marshall College (BA, 1897; MA, 1900) and Union Theological Seminary (BD, 1900).  Laufer was ordained a Presbyterian minister and...

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