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Augustus WACKERHAGEN

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WACKERHAGEN, Augustus, clergyman, born in the electorate of Hanover, Germany, 22 May, 1774; died in Clermont, New York, 1 November, 1865. He was educated at the University of Gottingen, Germany, and, after the completion of his theological course, was for some time employed as an instructor in a seminary for young ladies, and later as private tutor in a nobleman's family. In 1801 he came to this country, where for three years he was private tutor to the only son of a merchant of Philadelphia. He was pastor of Lutheran congregations at Schoharie and Cobleskill, New York, in 1805-'15, and at Germantown and Livingston Manor, Columbia county, New York, from 1816 till his death. During this time he also preached at Ghent, Athens, West Camp, Pine Plains, Green Bush, Ancram and other distant places, doing pioneer work from which resulted the establishment of numerous flourishing congregations in the state of New York. In addition to his pastoral duties, he also had charge for several years of the academy at Clermont, New York, where he resided, midway between his two principal congregations. He was a finished classical scholar and a diligent and critical student of the Bible.

In 1825 he received the degree of D. D. from Union college. Dr. Wackerhagen was for many years the recognized leader , of the Lutheran church in New York, and occupied many posts of honor and trust, being president of the New York ministerium for twelve years and trustee of Hartwick seminary for thirty years. Though he was one of the most learned men of his time, his retiring modesty prevented him from publishing the results of his studies. Except an occasional sermon, he issued only one work, "Inbegriff des Glaubens und Sittenlehre" (Philadelphia, 1804).

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