(Beehler; August 8, 1837August 28, 1901). Pioneer Mo. Syn. pastor on US Pacific coast. B. Baltimore, Maryland; grad. Conc. Sem., Saint Louis, 1860; pastor San Francisco 1860. Because of his firm stand for confessional Lutheranism a split ensued, and St. Paulus was organized 1867, mother ch. on Pacific coast. Organized day school 1872, of which J. H. Hargens was in charge for over 40 yrs. Pres. California and Oregon Dist. of the Mo. Syn. 188799, California and Nevada Dist. 18991901. Excellent preacher, wise counselor, ardent lover of the Lord, friend of children, splendid organizer.
J. H. Theiss and J. W. Theiss, Lebenslauf und Charakterbild des seligen Präses J. M. Bühler (Oakland, California, 1902); R. T. Du Brau, The Romance of Lutheranism in California ([St. Louis, 1959]).
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