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Term: Ernst, August Frederic 1841 - 1924

Definition:

Lutheran clergyman, college president, b. Hanover, Germany. He graduated from the Gymnasium at Celle (1859) and the Univ. of Gottingen (1862). In 1863 he migrated to the U.S., and in 1864 was ordained a Lutheran clergyman at Pottstown, Pa. He served various pastorates in New York (1864- 1869), and in 1869 came to Wisconsin to teach Latin at Northwestern College in Watertown. In 1870 he was elected president of the college, serving in this capacity until 1919. During his tenure, Ernst was instrumental in providing that instruction be given in the English language in all college classes except religion. He was president of the Lutheran joint synod of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan (1892, 1895, 1897, 1899). In 1890 Ernst was active in the campaign against the state Bennett Law (an act passed in 1889 which, many Lutheran and Catholic clergymen felt, discriminated against parochial schools and schools utilizing a language other than English for purposes of instruction). In this role he helped secure the state Democratic victory in that year. After retiring as president of Northwestern College (1919), Ernst lived in Milwaukee. Who's Who in Amer., 5 (1908); E. B. Usher, Wis. (8 vols., Chicago, 1914); Watertown Daily Times, Aug. 9, 1924; Northwestern College, Black and Red (1919, 1924).

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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

56 records found

Earl, Anthony S. 1936
Earles, William Henry 1852 - 1908
Earling, Albert John 1848 - 1925
Early, Michael P. 1918
Earnest, James Harrison 1818 - 1900
Eastern Orthodox in Wisconsin
Eastman, Ben C. 1812 - 1856
Eastman, George Burden 1811 - 1892
Eastman, Seth 1808 - 1875
Eaton, Edward Dwight 1851 - 1942
Eaton, Samuel Witt 1820 - 1905
Edgerton, Benjamin Hyde 1811 - 1886
Edgerton, Elisha W. 1815 - 1904
Edwards, Benjamin Eugene 1845 - 1916
Edwards, Ira 1893 - 1943
Ehle, Ida Pope
Eielsen, Elling 1804 - 1883
Eikenberry, Jill 1947 -
Ekern, Herman Lewis 1872 - 1954
Ela, Richard Emerson 1812 - 1888
Elconin, Michael H. 1953
Eldred, Anson 1820 - 1895
Eldredge, Charles Augustus 1820 - 1896
Elfers, Earl H. 1913
Ellis, Albert Gallatin 1800 - 1885
Ellis, Michael G. 1941
Ellsworth, Lemuel 1836 - 1898
Ely, Richard Theodore 1854 - 1943
Emery, John Quincy 1843 - 1928
Enderis, Dorothy 1880 - 1952
Engeleiter, Susan Shannon 1952
Engelmann, Peter 1823 - 1874
English immigrants in Wisconsin
Episcopals in Wisconsin
Ernst, August Frederic 1841 - 1924
Erpenbach, Jon B. 1961
Erskine, Manessa Berthier 1819 - 1894
Esch, John Jacob 1861 - 1941
Eschweiler, Alexander Chadbourne 1865 - 1940
Eschweiler, Franz Chadbourne 1863 - 1929
Essie, Patrick 1953
Estabrook, Charles Edward 1847 - 1918
Estabrook, Experience 1813 - 1894
Esterly, George 1809 - 1893
Estonians in Wisconsin
Etherington, George, ca. 1722-1802.
Evangelicals in Wisconsin
Evans, Curtis Alban 1879 - 1947
Evans, Evan Alfred 1876 - 1948
Evans, Joseph Spragg 1875 - 1948
Everest, David Clark 1883 - 1955
Everett, Charles Horatio 1855 - 1947
Everson, Harland E. 1917
Evinrude, Ole 1877 - 1934
Evjue, William T., 1882-1970
Ewing, Mark Clayton 1869 - 1922

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