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Petersen, Johann Wilhelm, was born June 1, 1649, at Osnabrück; his father Georg Petersen, Kanzlei-beamter at Lubeck, having gone to reside at Osnabrück as representing Lübeck in the negotiations which ended in the Peace of Westphalia. Petersen matriculated at the University of Giessen, in 1669; "went in 1671 to Rostock, and was then for short periods at Leipzig, Wittenberg, and Jena; the degree of M.A. being conferred on him by Giessen in absentia. He returned to Giessen in 1673, and began to lecture on philosophy and rhetoric as private docent. About 1675 he visited Spener, at Frankfurt. This proved an important turning-point in his life. In 1677 he began to lecture at Rostock, as Professor of Poetry (D.D. from Rostock 1686), but in the… Go to person page >