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McKNIGHT, Harvey Washington, clergyman, born in McKnightstown, Adams County, Pennsylvania, 3 April, 1843. After serving in the civil war as lieutenant of Pennsylvania volunteers and then as adjutant of a militia regiment, he was graduated at Pennsylvania college, Gettysburg, in 1865, and at the theological seminary there in 1867, and in the latter year was ordained to the ministry of the Lutheran church, in which he has since continued. After holding pastorates at Newville, Pennsylvania, in 1867-'70. Easton, Pennsylvania, in 1872-'80, and Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1880-'4, he was elected in the last-named year president of Pennsylvania college, which post he now (1888) fills. "In 1880 he received the degree of D.D. from Monmouth college, Illinois. He has published an historical address at the semi-centennial of Pennsylvania college (Gettysburg, 1882), and his inaugural address as president of Pennsylvania college (1884).
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