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FLOHR, George Daniel, clergyman, born in Germany in 1759; died in Wytheville, Virginia, in 1826. He studied medicine in Paris, and witnessed the execution of Louis XVI. The accidental and terrible death of an individual in the crowd standing near him, a part of whose mangled body was thrown upon him, so affected him that he changed all his plans for the future. He at once abandoned the thought of a medical career, and resolved to consecrate himself to the ministry, emigrating to the United States and going to Madison County, Virginia, where he studied theology under the direction of the Rev. William Carpenter, teaching in Culpeper until his preparation for the ministry was completed. He was licensed to preach by the synod of Pennsylvania, and immediately engaged in missionary service in southwestern Virginia. In 1799 he accepted a call to Wythe County, where he labored faithfully until his death. He exercised great influence upon all classes of society, and was frequently called upon to settle difficulties as a judge and lawyer as well as a clergyman. He preached altogether in German, and dressed according to the old German custom. He possessed an extensive knowledge of French, and was well read in Greek and Latin. A volume of his sermons was published after his death.
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