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NICUM, John, clergyman, born in Winnenden, Wiirtemberg, Germany, 6 January, 1851. He received his preparatory training in the Latin-school of his native place, and after coming to this country was graduated at Muhlenberg college, Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1873, and at the Lutheran theological seminary, Philadelphia, in 1876. He has been pastor in Frockville, Pennsylvania, in 1876-'8; Frankford, Philadelphia, in 1878-'80 ; Syracuse, New York, in 1880-'7 ; and in the latter year he accepted a call to St. John's Lutheran church, Rochester, New York Since 1884 he has been president of the fourth conference of the New York ministerium. Since 1886 he has been German secretary of the general council of the Evangelical Lutheran church in North America, and in 188'7 he was elected a member of the general council's board of German home missions. He is a frequent contributor to Lutheran and other periodicals, and has published "Weihnachts-Andacht" (Reading, Pennsylvania, 1880); " Gleichniss-Reden Jesu" (1884);" Laws of the State of New York relating to Churches" (Syracuse, New York, 1884); " Reformations-Album" (Reading, 1885); and "The Doctrinal Development of the New York Ministerium" (Philadelphia, 1887). He has in press a " History of the New York Ministerium."
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