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Kenneth G. Hamilton Papers




2012



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Creation: 05.04.2012
Language: English

Title: Kenneth G. Hamilton Papers
Dates: 1911-1973
Quantity: 2 boxes
Identification: PP HKG
Location: 153B
Language: English

This collection contains articles written by K.G. Hamilton. This collection also contains notes written by Hamilton and some miscellaneous correspondence.


Kenneth Gardiner Hamilton was born in Bethlehem, Pa., on February 20, 1893 to John Taylor Hamilton (1859-1951), a Moravian bishop, and Cecilia Elizabeth Beck Hamilton (1859-1944). He had one brother, Arthur B. Hamilton, and one sister, Mrs. Constance B. Martin. He moved to Germany at age ten with his father, who was the American member on the International Mission Board of the Moravian Church in Herrnhut, Saxony. There he studied in various Moravian schools, including the Boys' School in Herrnhut and the academy in Niesky. He was confirmed on Palm Sunday 1909 in Niesky, Germany by Bishop H.W. Reichel. Later that year, he returned to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he enrolled in Moravian College and Theological Seminary. Following his graduation in 1914, he served briefly as pastor in West Salem, Illinois. Due to his fluency in German, Hamilton was selected to serve as one of the secretaries of the International Committee of the Young Men's Christian Association. With this post, he went to Great Britain and then Switzerland to work among prisoners of war. After the war ended, Hamilton went to Nicaragua to serve as a missionary, where he lived until 1937. He married Marie Pauline Peterson on August 15, 1923. After returning from Nicaragua, Hamilton became assistant professor at the Moravian Theological Seminary and assistant archivist of the Northern Province. In 1941 he earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University and published his doctoral dissertation, "John Ettwein and the Moravian Church During the Revolutionary Period." He became dean of the Moravian Theological Seminary in 1946. A year later, on February 16, 1947, Kenneth Hamilton was consecrated a bishop of the Moravian Church. From 1949 to 1956, he served as executive officer of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Moravian Church in America. In September 1956, he was elected president of the executive board of the Northern Province and became Provincial Archivist in 1958. He retired from the executive board in 1961 and from his post as archivist in 1963. Following his retirement, he continued his research; in 1967, he published the "History of the Moravian Church, The Renewed Unitas Fratrum, 1722-1957," a revision and continuation of the history written by his father in 1900. Kenneth Hamilton also published his translation of volume I of the "Bethlehem Diary" in 1971. He and his wife moved to Winston-Salem, NC, where she died in 1966. From 1969 until 1973, Hamilton moved briefly back to Bethlehem, before returning to Winston-Salem where he passed away on February 28, 1975.


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