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GLOSSBRENNER, John Jacob, Moravian bishop, born in Hagerstown, North Dakota, 24 July, 1813; died in Churchville, Augusta County, Virginia, 7 January 1887. After receiving a common-school education, he was apprenticed to a silversmith. In 1830 he was converted and began to read theological books. He was licensed to preach by the Virginia annual conference in 1833, arid labored as itinerant missionary, circuit preacher, and presiding elder till May, 1849, when he was first elected bishop of the United Brethren in Christ. He was re-elected for the quadrennial terms, and, when no longer able to render active service, was appointed bishop emeritus, May, 1885. He visited conferences on the Pacific coast in the time of pioneer settlement, and was active in promoting the interests of his Church. Previous to his death he was senior bishop, without any assigned district of labor. Several of his occasional sermons have been published in the denominational journal, "The Telescope," Dayton, Ohio. The degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by Lebanon Valley College in 1884.
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