Wrangel, Charles Magnus, Dd
Wrangel, Charles Magnus, D.D.
a Lutheran clergyman, regarded as the ablest of the early Swedish Lutheran ministers, entered upon his labors in America, as provost or chief pastor of the Swedish churches, in 1759. During his brief ministry here two new churches were built at Kingsessing and at Upper Merion, Pennsylvania. He preached with facility and acceptance in Swedish, German, and English. The Synod of Pennsylvania recommended the use of his translation into English of Luther's Catechism. He preached, not only throughout Pennsylvania, but occasionally in New Jersey, laboring in company with the Reverend Dr. Muhlenberg. He was a man of culture, large and varied acquisitions, and great eloquence. The crowds that attended his preaching compelled him to hold service in the open air. After a residence of nine years in America he was recalled, and returned to Sweden in 1768, where he received from the government an episcopal appointment. He died in 1786. See (Lond.) Evangelical Review, 2:589.