William Augustus Muhlenberg

MUHLENBERG, William Augustus.  b. Philadelphia, 16 September 1796; d. New York City, 8 April 1877. William Augustus was the great-grandson of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg* ‘the Patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America’. His name is sometimes spelt Mühlenberg, as in JJ, but he used it without an umlaut. William Augustus became a member of the Episcopal Church in his ninth year. Educated at Philadelphia Academy and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) (AB 1814), he was ordained deacon in 1817 and priest in 1820. He became associate rector, St James’s, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1820-26); rector of St George’s, Flushing, Long Island, New York (1826-45), where he was instrumental in the...

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