Pastor John Peter Muhlenberg - October 1
- 2013 1 Oct
"In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight." Thus ended the sermon of 30-year-old pastor John Peter Muhlenberg as he removed his clerical robes to reveal a uniform in the Continental Army. After church, 300 men of his congregation rode off with him to join General Washington's 8th Virginia regiment. Born OCTOBER 1, 1746, John Peter Muhlenberg died the same day in 1807. After hearing Patrick Henry speak the famous words, "give me liberty or give me death," John Peter Muhlenberg approached General Washington and enlisted. He endured the freezing winter of Valley Forge and fought at Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Stonypoint and Yorktown. Promoted to Major-General, John Peter Muhlenberg was elected Congressman and Senator. John's father, Henry Muhlenberg, was a founder of the Lutheran Church in America. John's brother, Frederick, was also an ordained minister and was elected the first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Both John and Frederick served in the first session of Congress which passed the First Amendment. In 1889, Pennsylvania placed a statue of John Peter Muhlenberg in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall.