Jacobs, Michael, Dd
Jacobs, Michael, D.D.
a Lutheran minister, was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, January 18, 1808. In 1823 he entered the preparatory department of Jefferson College, Cannonsburg, from which he eventually graduated. While there he joined the Presbyterian Church. After teaching in a boarding-school several months at Belair, Maryland, he moved in April 1829, to Gettysburg, where he taught mathematics in the Gettysburg Gymnasium, afterwards Pennsylvania College, in which he was elected professor of mathematics and natural Science. Having studied theology privately, he was licensed to preach in the fall of 1832. He was repeatedly president and treasurer of his synod, and for a time was secretary of the General Synod. For several years he was editor of the Linnean Record and Journal. In 1865 his department was restricted to mathematics. The following year he withdrew from college instruction. He died July 22, 1871. Although a voluminous writer, very little of his work was published beyond a number of review articles and a small volume entitled Notes on the Battle of Gettysburg. See Fifty Years in the Lutheran Ministry, 1878, page 228.