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KROTEL, Gottlob Frederick, clergyman, born in Ilsfeld, Wurtemberg, Germany, 4 February, 1826. He came to the United States when quite young, settled in Philadelphia, and was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1846. He then studied theology, was licensed to preach in 1848, and was ordained to the ministry in the Lutheran church in 1850. He has been pastor, successively, of Lutheran congregations at Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in 1849-'53; Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1853-'62; and in Philadelphia in 1862-'8; and since 1868 has had charge of the English Evangelical Lutheran church of the Holy Trinity, New York city, which he organized. At the establishment of the Lutheran theological seminary at Philadelphia, in 1864, he was elected one of the professors, a post which he filled until his removal to New York. He has held many offices in his church, and was president of its general council in 1870. He received the degree of D. D. front the University of Pennsylvania in 1865. Dr. Krotel was for several years editor of the "Lutherische Herald," New York, and for many years of " The Lutheran," Philadelphia. Among his published works are " Life of Melanchthon," by Ledderhose, translated from the German (Philadelphia, 1854); "Who are the Blessed ? A Meditation on the Beatitudes" (1855); "Memorial Volume of Trinity Church, Lancaster" (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1861); " Explanations of Luther's Small Catechism," with Reverend William J. Mann, D. D. (Philadelphia, 1863); and "Luther and the Swiss," a lecture by Dr. Gerhard Uhlhorn, translated from the German (1878).
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