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BOEHLER, Peter (1712-75), Moravian bishop, born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and educated at the University of Jena. Ordained in 1737, he was sent as a missionary to the American colonies of the Carolin as and Georgia. Boehler worked among the blacks in Georgia and among the Germans in South Carolina; some of the latter he resettled in Bethlehem, Pa. For a year he served as missionary to the Indians. After his return from a trip to Europe, he brought with him a large number of Moravian colonists, and he founded the village of Nazareth, near Bethlehem, Pa. In 1748 Boehler was appointed bishop of the Moravian churches of America and Great Britain.

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