Biography of J. B. Helwig
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





J. B. HELWIG, Springfield. Rev. J. B. Helwig, D. D., President of Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio, was born in Dover Township, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, on Wednesday, the 6th day of March, A. D. 1833. His father's name was Jacob. On his father's side of the family, his earlier ancestors were Huguenots. On his mother's side, they were English people, by the name of Jennings. His father's ancestors settled in Pennsylvania, his mother's in New Jersey. His grandfather's name on his father's side was George. On his mother's side his grandfather's name was Peter. His ancestors were farmers, and prior to his majority the subject of this sketch was engaged in the labors of the farm, the blacksmith shop, and as teacher of a common school. In September, 1855, at the age of 22, he entered the Preparatory Department of Wittenberg College, and was graduated from the college in 1861. He was married, to Eliza A. Miller, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, on the 6th day of July of the same year. He was licensed to preach the Gospel, by the Wittenberg Synod, connected with the English Lutheran Church of the General Synod at its session held at Wapakonetta, Ohio, in 1862, and was ordained the year following at Upper Sandusky by the same Synod. The first churches to which he was called were in Crawford Co., Ohio, at and in the vicinity of Sulphur Springs. He was Pastor of the churches of his denomination successively at Lancaster. Springfield, Cincinnati and Dayton. From the pastoral charge of the Main Street English Lutheran Church at Dayton, he was called to the Presidency of the Wittenberg College, at a regular meeting of the Board of its Directors held in same 1874; he entered upon the duties of the presidency of the college at the opening of the collegiate year in the month of September following, which position he occupies at the writing of this brief sketch, October, 1880.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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