Albright, Alexander, Count De Hirschfeld
Albright, Alexander, Count De Hirschfeld, a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was a native of the Duchy of Oldenburg, Germany, and descended from a very noble family. Concerning the date of his birth and his early life, we have no source of information. He graduated at the military school at Eutin, in Holstein; and in 1840 entered the army of his native state with the rank of lieutenant. Three years later he entered the Austrian army with, the rank of captain; and in 1853 emigrated to America. Three years after his arrival he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in Missouri. In due time he became a member of the Missouri Conference; and in 1871 he was transferred to the Texas Conference, and given charge of the German mission in Galveston. Two years later, his health failing, he applied for and obtained the position of professor of German literature at the Texas University; but increased debility forbade his entering upon his professorship, and. caused his death at Georgetown, Texas, March 2,1875. As a man Mr. Albright was austere- the result of his military training. Ostensibly there was little of the winsome and affable in his composition; but within that coarse exterior there beat an affectionate heart. He- walked with God, loved his Bible, prayed much, and was full of hope and faith. See Minutes of Annual Conferences of the M. E. Church, South, 1875, p. 269.