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HEYER, Christian Frederick, missionary, born in Helmstedt, Brunswick, Germany, in 1793; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 7 November, 1873. He emigrated in 1810 to the United States, studied theology, was licensed in 1817, and preached a short time in Philadelphia. He was ordained as a missionary in 1820, and labored in organizing Lutheran churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, and western Pennsylvania. In 1840 he was elected to go as a missionary to India, and during the following winter attended medical lectures in Baltimore. He arrived at Guntur, in the presidency of Madras, on 31 July, 1842, and remained there till 1847, when he visited the United States. He went back in 1848, and settled at Rajahmundry, on the Godavery. He established missions among the Telugus, who inhabit the eastern coasts of the peninsula. In 1857 he left India, and was engaged in ministerial work in Germany for eleven years. Returning to Rajahmundry in December, 1869, he remained there a year, and then came to the United States, and was chaplain of the Lutheran theological seminary in Philadelphia until his death.
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