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HENDEL, William, clergyman, born in the Palatinate, Germany, about 1730; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 September, 1798. After completing his theological studies, he removed to the United States in 1764 and became one of the pioneers of the German Reformed church in this country. Between 1769 and 1782 he was pastor of nine congregations at one time in the neighborhood of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, besides making several missionary tours. In 1794 he removed to Philadelphia, and during the yellow-fever epidemic of 1798 died of that disease. Princeton gave him the degree of D. D. in 1788.
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