Henry Muhlenberg died this day, Oct. 7, 1787. He was one of the founders of the Lutheran Church in America. His son John Peter became a U.S. senator and son Frederick became the first speaker of the House. Henry Muhlenberg pastored near Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. He commented: “I heard a fine example today, namely that His Excellency Gen. Washington rode around among his army yesterday and admonished each and every one to fear God, to put away wickedness … and to practice Christian virtues. … The Lord God has … marvelously preserved him from harm in the midst of countless perils.”

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