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OFFICER, Morris, missionary, born in Holmes county, Ohio, 21 July, 1823; died in Topeka, Kansas, 1 November, 1874. He was educated at Wittenberg college and theological seminary, Ohio, and ordained a clergyman of the Lutheran church in 1851. In 1852 he went as a missionary t9 Africa, under the auspices of the American missionary society. On his return to the United States he was engaged in 1855-'60 in arousing an interest in missions among the churches of his denomination, he was then sent out by the Lutheran missionary society to establish the Muhlenberg station on St. Paul river, Liberia. After he had accomplished this he engaged in home mission work during the rest of his life, residing from 1861 till 1871 at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Mansfield, York, and Fredericksburg, Ohio. He is the author of "A Plea for a Lutheran Mission in Africa" (1855). "Western Africa a Mission Field" (1856); and " African Bible Pictures, or Scripture Scenes and Customs in Africa "(Philadelphia, 1859).
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