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GOTWALD, Luther Alexander, clergyman, born in York Springs, Adams County, Pennsylvania, 31 January 1833. He was graduated at Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, in 1857, and at the theological seminary there in 1859. In the same year he was ordained to the ministry of the Lutheran Church, and has held pastorates at Shippensburg and Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Dayton, Ohio, Chambersburg and York, Pennsylvania, and Springfield, Ohio. He has been a successful preacher, and has held various offices in the general synod, as trustee of its College and seminary, and as a member of the boards of Church extension and home missions. Pennsylvania College gave him the degree of D. D, in 1873. Dr. Gotwald is a frequent contributor to the periodicals of his Church, and has published various pamphlets and '" Church Orders: or the Necessity of a Right Call to the Office of the Ministry " (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1879).
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