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."