Loretz, Andrew

Loretz, Andrew one of the early pioneer ministers of the German Reformed Church in America, a Swiss by birth, was educated in Europe, and emigrated to America towards the close of the last century. "About the year 1789 he commenced preaching and ministering in a wide field, embracing a large part of both the Carolinas, from Orange County, in North Carolina, to beyond the river Saluda, in South Carolina, a distance of two hundred and fifty miles." He died in 1812. Mr. Loretz was a man of superior natural ability, extensive learning, great zeal and energy, and, in his day, "regarded as one of the best pulpit orators in the Carolinas." See Harbaugh, Fathers of the Germ. Ref. Church, 3:15. (D.Y.H.)

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