Born: September 2, 1879, Garnavillo, Iowa.
Died: February 27, 1942, Rochester, Minnesota.
Maurer was educated at Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin (1904); Yale University (BD, MA, 1908); Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (DD); Wooster College, Ohio (LLD 1924); Oberlin College (DD 1925); & Colorado College (LLD 1933). Ordained a Congregational minister, he served at the Jonathan Edwards Church in Northampton, Massachusetts, & Washington Gladden’s First Congregational Church in Columbus, Ohio. He went on to serve as president of Beloit College from 1924 until his death.
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Composed by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) as a setting for Paul Gerhardt's "Nun danket all’ und bringet Ehr," GRÄFENBERG was first published in the 1647 edition of Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica. The tune is arbitrarily named after a water-cure spa in Silesia, Austria, which became famous in the 1820…