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John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg was a clergyman, Continental Army soldier during the American Revolutionary War, and political figure in the newly-independent United States. A Lutheran minister, he served in the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate from Pennsylvania.


General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg

Muhlenberg was born October 1, 1746 to Pennsylvania Dutch parents Anna and Henry Muhlenberg in Trappe, Pennsylvania. He was sent, together with his brothers, Frederick Augustus and Gotthilf Henry Ernst 1763 to Halle. They were educated in Latin at the Francke Foundations.[1] He left school in 1767 to start as a sales assistant in Lübeck and returned in the same year to Pennsylvania. There he received a classical education from the Academy of Philadelphia, which is today the University of Pennsylvania.

He also served briefly in the German dragoons, earning the nickname “Teufel Piet” (Devil Pete) before returning to Philadelphia. He was…

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