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REYNOLDS, William Norton, clergyman, born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, 4 March, 1812" died in Oak Park, Illinois, 5 September, 1876. His father, George Reynolds, was a captain in the Revolutionary war, and a relative of Sir Joshua Reynolds. After graduation at the theological seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1828, and at Jefferson college, Pennsylvania, in 1832, he became principal of the preparatory department in the newly established Pennsylvania college, afterward was made professor of Latin in the college department, and in 1835 acted as financial agent of the new college. Licensed to preach in 1835, he became pastor of the Lutheran congregation at Deerfield, New Jersey, was ordained to the ministry in 1836, and recalled as professor of Latin to Pennsylvania college, serving until 1850. In 1850-'3 he was president of Capitol university, Columbus, Ohio, and in 1853-'7 successively principal of a female seminary in Easton, Pennsylvania, and the classical academy at Allentown, Pennsylvania He was president of Illinois state university in 1857-'60, after which he became principal of a. female seminary in Chicago, Illinois He took orders in the Protestant Episcopal church in 1864, and served parishes in that church until his death. In 1850 he received the degree of D. D. from Jefferson college. Dr. Reynolds was a thorough investigator in the early history of the Lutheran church in America, an accomplished hymnologist, and an able writer. He founded the " Evangelical Magazine" in 1840, and in 1849 the "Evangelical Review," of which he was editor until 1862. He was also, in 1845, editor of the " Linnaean Record and Journal." All these journals were published at Gettysburg, but have long since ceased to exist. Among his numerous published works are "American Literature," an address (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1845)" " The Captivi of Plautus," with introduction and notes (1846)" " Inaugural Address as President of Capitol University" (Columbus, Ohio, 1850); " Historical Address before the Historical Society of tile Lutheran Church" (1848)" " Inaugural Address as President of Illinois State University" (Springfield, 1858)" and " History of New Sweden, by Israel Acrelius, translated, with Introduction and Notes" (Philadelphia, 1874). He was the chief editor of the hymn-book of the general synod (1850), and for many years an active member of its liturgical committee.
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