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Empie, Paul Chauncey (10 February 1909–01 September 1979), Lutheran clergy, official in relief work, and ecumenist, was born of French Huguenot ancestry in St. Johnsville, New York, the son of Charles G. Empie, a Lutheran pastor, and Grace Dieffendorf. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1929 with an A.B. degree and from the Lutheran Technological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1932 with a B.D. degree. Empie had married Katharine Goodwin Smith in 1931; they had six children. After serving as the pastor of a Lutheran congregation in Philadelphia for five years (1932–1937), he became the superintendent of the Lutheran Home for Orphans and Aged in Philadelphia and then the secretary for stewardship of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania of the United Lutheran Church in America for three years (1941–1944)....

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Porter, Eliza Emily Chappell (05 November 1807–01 January 1888), educator, relief worker, and missionary, was born in Geneseo, New York, the daughter of Robert Chappell and Elizabeth Kneeland, farmers. In 1811 her father died, increasing her emotional attachment to her highly religious mother. Nevertheless, when affluent relatives offered a home to the bright, attractive child, she agreed to live with them in Franklin, New York. She was educated with the family’s children but could not overcome her longing for her mother and guilt at the separation. She returned at twelve and, amid bouts of illness made worse by harsh medical treatments, sought comfort in religion. She joined the Presbyterian church in 1822; at fifteen she and her mother moved to Rochester to continue her education. Upon the death of her sister in childbirth, both returned to Geneseo....