Born: March 18, 1823, Grace­ham, Ma­ry­land.

Died: June 20, 1904, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Laur­el Hill Cem­e­te­ry, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia. His friend Charles Krauth lies near­by.

Of Mo­ra­vi­an roots, Seiss stu­died for the min­is­try at Get­tys­burg Coll­ege and Sem­in­a­ry, Penn­syl­vani­a, and was or­dained a Lu­ther­an pas­tor in 1848. Af­ter serv­ing con­gre­ga­tions in Vir­gin­ia and Ma­ry­land, he moved to St. John’s Lu­ther­an Church in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia; in 1874, he be­came pas­tor of the Church of the Ho­ly Com­mun­ion in Phil­a­del­phia. He al­so served as pre­si­dent of the Penn­syl­van­ia Min­is­ter­i­um and the Gen­er­al Coun­cil. His works in­clude:



  1. Fairest Lord Jesus
  2. O Son of God, We Wait for Thee
  3. Winter Reigns o’er Many a Region