Bittle, Daniel Howard Dd

Bittle, Daniel Howard D.D.

a Lutheran minister, was born near Middletown, Frederick County, Md., June .6, 1819. His desire for a liberal education was stimulated by the advice and example of his older brother, Dr. D. F. Bittle. In 1837 he entered the preparatory department of Pennsylvania College, and graduated in 1843. He spent three years in teaching at Boonesboro, and in 1846 he entered the Lane Theological Seminary at Cincinnati. For a time he was agent for the Wittemberg College, and afterwards for the English Lutheran Church in Cincinnati. He also, for a while, was employed as a home missionary in Louisville, Ky. In 1849 he was ordained, and accepted a call to supply the Canton charge in Ohio; in i850 he was employed by the Miami Synod as travelling missionary in Indiana. In November of the same year he was appointed agent for the establishment of the Hagerstown Female Seminary. In June, 1853, he became pastor at Smithsburg, Md.; in 1853, at Selinsburg, Pa., and in 1855 assisted his brother, Dr. D. F. Bittle, in building up Roanoke College, one year collecting funds for it, and then as its professor of ancient languages. The latter part of 1858 he became the first president of North Carolina College, in which office he remained three years, but the institution was compelled to close on account of the civil war. Removing to Texas, he took charge of a female seminary at Austin, where he taught and preached until the close of the war. Again he was called to the agency of Roanoke College, in behalf of which he labored two years. At the close of 1867 he accepted a call to Shepherdstown, W. Va., where he served nearly four years. In October, 1871, he assumed charge of the Church in Savannah, Ga., of which he was pastor when he died, Jan. 14, 1874. Dr. Bittle was regarded as an able preacher, a thorough scholar, and was very attractive socially. See Penn. College Book, 1882, p. 216; Lutheran Observer, Jan. 30, 1874.

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