1796–1877

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Born: Sep­tem­ber 16, 1796, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Ap­ril 8, 1877, New York Ci­ty.

Buried: St. John­land Ce­me­te­ry, Kings Park, New York.

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Biography

William was the grand­son of Hen­ry Mel­chi­or Mühl­en­berg, pa­tri­arch of Am­er­i­can Lu­ther­anism.

He gra­du­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­van­ia (where he helped found the Phi­lo­ma­the­an So­ci­e­ty), and was or­dained an Epis­co­pal min­is­ter in 1817.

He served at St. James Church, Lan­cas­ter, Penn­syl­van­ia, and Church of the Ho­ly Com­mun­ion, New York.

He found­ed the Flush­ing In­sti­tute, New York, in 1828, and St. Luke’s Hos­pi­tal in 1855. He al­so found­ed The Ev­an­ge­li­cal Ca­tho­lic, a church news­pa­per.

He was in­stru­ment­al in get­ting the Epis­co­pal church to ex­pand its use of hymns in wor­ship, and served on the com­mit­tee that pro­duced the 1828 Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal hym­nal.

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