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Lankenau, John Diederich

(Diedrich; March 18, 1817–August 30, 1901). Luth. businessman; philanthropist; b. Bremen, Ger.; to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1836; helped expand Ger. Hosp. (later called Lankenau Hosp.), Philadelphia. Est. Mary J. Drexel Home (named in honor of his wife, nee Drexel, who died 1873) in Philadelphia and Philadelphia Deaconess Mother-house 1888; also School for Girls (renamed Lankenau School for Girls 1910).

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