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REINKE, Samuel, Moravian bishop, born in Lititz, Pennsylvania, 12 August, 1791 ; died in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 21 January, 1875. He was one of the first three graduates of the American-Moravian theological seminary. After serving as pastor of various churches, he was consecrated to the episcopacy in 1858. Two years later he became blind, and was obliged to retire from active service. An operation partially restored his sight, after which he frequently preached and ordained ministers. His last official act, when he was seventy-nine years old, was to assist in the consecration of his son to the episcopacy. He was a powerful and original preacher --His son, Amadeus Abraham, Moravian bishop, born in Lancaster. Pa., 11 March, 1822, was graduated at the theological seminary at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, went as a missionary to the West Indies, and subsequently engaged in a missionary exploratory tour on the Mosquito coast. On his return to the United States he was pastor successively of the churches at Graceham, Maryland, at New Dorp, Staten island, ill Philadelphia, and in New York city, where he now (1888) resides. He was consecrated to the episcopacy in 1870.
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