Finckel, Samuel, Dd
Finckel, Samuel, D.D.
a Lutheran minister, was born at Jonestown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1811. In 1825 he began preparations for the ministry under the direction of Reverend John Stein, of Jonestown; in 1827 continued his studies at Gettysburg; in July, 1831, was employed as tutor in the Dauphin Academy, Harrisburg; in 1832 was licensed to preach, and in the following year was ordained pastor of the churches in Middletown, and Greensburg. For more than-three ye.ars he resided in Taneytown, Maryland; about three years in Middletown, Pennsylvania; for years in Germantown, and nearly three years in Cumberland, Maryland. Then for twenty-three years he was pastor of the German Evangelical Church in Washington, D.C. Resigning this charge on account of advancing age, he subsequently gathered an English congregation in Memorial Hall, in the same city, to whom he ministered about two years. In 1848, in addition to his pastoral labors in Washington, he was employed as a clerk in the quartermaster general's office. He died in Washington, February 13, 1873. See Fifty Years in the Lutheran Ministry, 1878, page 235.