Muenscher, Joseph, Dd
Muenscher, Joseph, D.D.
an Episcopal minister, was born at Providence, R.I., December 21, 1798, of German descent. He graduated from Brown University in 1821, studied one year at Andover Theological Seminary, and was admitted to priest's: orders March 13, 1825, his first parish being South Leicester, now Rochdale, Massachusetts, where he remained until 1827, when he became rector of St. John's Church, Northampton. For two years (1831-33) he was rector of Trinity Church, Saco, Maine, and then was professor of sacred literature in. the Episcopal Seminary at Gambier, Ohio. From 1841 to 1854 he was rector of St. Paul's Church at Mt. Vernon, and remained at that place without parochial charge until his death, February 16, 1884. Dr. Muenscher had a decided musical taste, and in 1839 published Church Choir, a collection of sacred music. For several years he was editor of the Gambier Observer and the Western Episcopalian, and contributed largely to theological reviews and religious periodicals. In 1865 he published a Manual of Biblical Interpretation, in 1866 a Revised Version of the Book of Proverbs, in 1870, Orthography and Pronunciation of the English Language. See Necrology of Brown University, 1883-84. (J.C.S.)