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ALBRIGHT, ɵ̄l´brait, JACOB: Founder of
“the Evangelical Association of North America;” b. near Pottstown, Penn., May 1, 1759; d. at Mühlbach, Lebanon County, Penn.,
May 18, 1808. His parents were Pennsylvania Germans of the Lutheran Church, in which denomination he was himself trained.
His education was defective, and his early surroundings were unintellectual. After marriage he moved to Lancaster County and
carried on a successful tile and brick business. Grief over the death of several children in one year (1790) and the counsels
of Anton Hautz, a German Reformed
minister, led to his conversion, and he became a Methodist lay preacher. At length his concern for his German Lutheran brethren
led him to give up business and devote himself entirely to missionary efforts. As the Methodist Church did not desire to enter
upon the German field he founded a new denomination. Its members are often called the
“Albright Brethren.” See Evangelical Association.