“The seminary stands open for the reception of students of all Christian denominations.”
Constitution of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, 1833.
met as expatriates and worked as the original odd couple: one from New
York, the other from Prussia, both ministering and serving as leading
lights in the American South of the 19th century.
John Bachman (1790-1874) left his New York home in 1815 to serve as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Charleston, S.C.
while Ernest Hazelius (1777-1853) of Silesia, 13 years his senior,
accepted the call to serve as the sole professor in a one-room seminary
in the same state’s back country two decades later.
|The original building of Newberry [S.C.] College fell down in the aftermath of the Civil War.|
had been raised a Lutheran; Hazelius, a Moravian. Bachman was
energetic, ebullient and outgoing; Hazelius quiet, devout and retiring.
Bachman was also known as a man of science, the close collaborator of the naturalist John James Audubon. (See “Hope in the swamp, hope in the heart
by Benjamin E. Leese.) Hazelius was known as a man of God, a pious
Christian devoted to educating and training future generations of
Lutheran pastors, and as a rare German who could “neither sing nor
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