Crumbaugh John Samuel

Crumbaugh John Samuel, a Lutheran minister, was born in Frederick County, Md., November 7, 1831. He graduated at Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, in 1851, and the same year was appointed principal of the High School, Lancaster, Pa., a position to which he seemed specially adapted. While thus engaged, he also pursued his theological studies under the direction of Reverend Dr. Baker, and in 1853 was licensed to preach the Gospel. His first and only pastoral charge was St. John's (Lutheran) Church, Lancaster. His health, never very vigorous, began to fail under his labors, to which he had so assiduously and successfully devoted himself. He resigned his charge in 1857, and accepted the office of superintendent for common schools of Lancaster County, in the expectation that an opportunity would be afforded, in the active exercise required, for the resuscitation of his health. His zeal and success in the discharge of his varied and difficult duties were regarded by the board as unsurpassed. He was a man of more than ordinary ability, and as a teacher possessed peculiar qualifications. He died Jan. 13, 1859. "His brief life," says Dr. Burrowes, "was a record of learning, usefulness, and honor." He published an address on God in History, delivered before the literary societies of Franklin and Marshall College in 1855.

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