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* Lutheran

It was Louis XIV, King of France, who spurred Lutheran immigration to America. During his reign, Louis imposed harsh economic sanctions on minority religions in France. Meanwhile, in America, William Penn had set up colonies in Pennsylvania that only had minor religious restrictions. The religious freedom of Pennsylvania appealed to many of the Lutherans from France, and so they began to immigrate. Germany, Sweden, and Denmark were other major sources of Lutheran immigrants.

Contacts and Sources

American Lutheran Church Archives
333 Wartburg Place
Dubuque, IA 52003
Telephone: (319) 589-0200

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 West Higgins Road (mailing address)
Chicago, IL 60631-4198
Telephone: (773) 380-2700
$20 per hour to have them look through their microfilm, maximum of 2 hours per request.

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