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Campanius, Johan

(Johannes; John; August 15, 1601 to September 17, 1683). B. Stockholm; educ. U. of Uppsala; ordained 1633; to Am. with Johan B. Printz (1592 to 1663), gov. of New Sweden, arriving February 15, 1643. Lutheran pastor to Swedes on the Delaware, replacing R. Torkillus.* Printz est. the seat of govt. on Tinicum, a Delaware river island below Philadelphia, and caused to be built for the Swedes who settled there a Luth. ch. which Campanius dedicated September 4, 1646, and served. Campanius' work among Indians antedated that of J. Eliot* a few years. Returned to Swed. 1648; navy chaplain for a yr.; then served in the Uppsala diocese. Translated Luther's Small Catechism into so-called American-Virginia (Indian) language; completed it after return to Sweden; it was pub. Stockholm 1696 with 2 Indian-Swedish vocabularies also prepared by him.

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