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Graebner, Theodore Conrad (23 November 1876–14 November 1950), pastor, editor, and author, was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, the son of August L. Graebner, a professor at Northwestern College, and Anna Schaller. After prepatory training at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, he graduated from Concordia College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in 1894. He studied for the Lutheran ministry at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating in 1897. After teaching German and history at Walther College in St. Louis from 1897 to 1900, he accepted a position as instructor of biology and English at the Lutheran Ladies’ Seminary in Red Wing, Minnesota. He married Selma Brohm in 1900; they had five children. He taught at the seminary from 1900 to 1906 and was ordained there on 25 May 1902 in the Norwegian Lutheran church....

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Kurtz, Benjamin (28 February 1795–29 December 1865), Lutheran pastor, editor, and church leader, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Benjamin Kurtz and Elizabeth Gardner. Kurtz studied theology with John George Lochman and in 1815 was licensed to preach by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, joining his uncle, John Daniel Kurtz, in his congregation as assistant pastor for a short term. He then served as a pastor in Hagerstown, Maryland, from 1815 to 1831, and in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, from 1831 to 1833. In 1820 he helped to form the Synod of Maryland and Virginia and later that year helped ...