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HARKEY, Simeon Walcher, clergyman, born in Iredell county, North Carolina, 3 December. 1811. He was graduated at the Gettysburg Lutheran seminary in 1834, and from 1850 till 1866 was professor of theology in the University of Illinois. He was president of the general synod of his church in 1857. In 1865 he served as chaplain at Camp Butler, near Springfield, Illinois He has been successful as an organizer and pastor of congregations, preaching both in English and German. Wittenberg college gave him the degree of D. D. in 1852. His publications in book-form are " Lutheran Sunday school Question-Book " (1838)'" Church's Best State " (1843)'" Daily Prayer Book " 0844)" "Value of an Evangelical Ministry" (1853)" and "Justification by Faith" (1875). Among his addresses are "True Greatness," "Andrew Jackson's Funeral," " Prisons for Women," and "Mission of Lutheran Church." He is now (1887) writing a series of articles on his personal reminiscences of Lutheranism in Illinois.
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