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Clebsch, William Anthony (19 July 1923–12 June 1984), church historian, developer of religious studies, and university professor, was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, the son of Alfred Clebsch, an owner of tobacco warehouses, and Julia Wilee. In 1944 he married Betsy Birchfield, a horticulturalist; they had two children....

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Dubbs, Joseph Henry (05 October 1838–01 April 1910), clergyman, educator, and historian, was born of Swiss-American parentage in rural North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph S. Dubbs, a German Reformed pastor, and Eleanor Lerch. In his mid-teenage years he enrolled at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1856. In 1859 Dubbs completed his ministerial training at the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church at Mercersburg, which was then guided by the scholar and churchman ...

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Emerton, Ephraim (18 February 1851–03 March 1935), university professor and church historian, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of James Emerton, an apothecary, and Martha West. Emerton graduated from Harvard College in 1871. He worked as a reporter for the Boston Advertiser...

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Guilday, Peter Keenan (25 March 1884–31 July 1947), historian and educator, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of Peter Wilfred Guilday, a textile plant foreman, and Ellen Keenan. After attending parochial schools in Chester and Philadelphia, Peter entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook in 1902 to study for the Roman Catholic priesthood. There he received a scholarship in 1907 to attend the American College in Louvain, Belgium, for his last two years of theological studies. He was ordained in 1909 and at the same time began graduate work in history at the University of Louvain. Having a facility for languages, he researched archives in France, Belgium, Spain, and Italy, and spent a full year in London. In 1914 he received a Doctorat en sciences morales et historiques for his dissertation on colleges and convents of the European continent that had supported Catholic refugees from Elizabethan England. The outbreak of World War I halted further research, and the young priest returned to his homeland....