WORLEY, Dan. A.M.
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WORLEY, Rev. DANIEL, A. M., was born in Harrisburg, Pa., February 28, 1829, and died Sunday, April 29, 1888, at Canton, Stark county, Ohio. He was descended from Francis Worley, an intelligent English land surveyor, who in 1722 was one of the three persons sent across the Susquehanna by Sir William Keith, deputy governor of the province, to survey Springettsbury Manor. He first settled in Lancaster county, at the mouth of the Conestoga, subsequently disposing of this land, and purchased 750 acres one mile northwest of York. His wife was Ruth Collins, a Quakeress of Chester county, and although he was a member of the Episcopal Church, he adopted her faith. His sons were Nathan, James, Jacob, Francis, Daniel and George. Daniel's son, Thomas, resided many years in Harrisburg where he died. Of his children, the subject of this sketch was the eldest. Daniel Worley received his early education in the public schools and academy in Harrisburg. Entering Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg he completed a classical course, graduating in 1850. Having the ministry in view, he repaired to Capitol University, Columbus, Ohio, where he began the study of theology. While doing so he accepted and filled the position of auditor two years, when he was prevailed upon to accept the position of professor of mathematics and natural sciences, which chair he occupied eleven years. In 1852, having completed his theological studies, he was licensed, and in 1855 ordained a minister of the Lutheran Church. In 1863 Mr. Worley resigned his professorship and took charge of an academy in Greensburg, Pa. The following year he was elected superintendent of the Canton, Ohio public schools, and since that period has resided in Canton. In June, 1876, he retired from the superintendency and opened a private academy in that city. In 1877 he represented Stark county in the Ohio Legislature, during which term he was chairman of the committee of public schools and on the codification of school laws. He was recognized in that legislative body as a strong advocate of measures for the education of the masses and for the development of the resources of his adopted State. He filled quite a number of local offices, was a justice of the peace, member of council, school board and board of water works trustees. At the time of his death he held the office of deputy auditor for Stark county and president of the Canton council. During Mr. Worley's residence in Columbus of nine years he edited the Lutheran Standard, the organ of the Synod of the Lutheran Church. In his early life he frequently filled pulpits in various parts of the country, but several years since retired from all active ministerial work. Mr. Worley married, in 1852, Henrietta Smith, daughter of Professor William Smith, president of Capitol University and clergyman of the Lutheran Church. His widow and one son survive him.

It is proper that in giving the preceding record of one who has ceased from his life-work, that some reference be made of the characteristics of the very excellent Christian gentleman, who was a native of our city, and whose entire life reflected honor upon it. The writer recollects him well as a scholar in the old log church on Third street, below Chestnut, and of his prominence in all branches then taught in the then boys’ high school of the South ward. Two of the teachers, who recognized the intellectual acquirements of Daniel Worley, yet live--one, Prof. L. H. Gause, of this city; the other, Dr. Samuel Nichols, of Bellows Falls, Vermont. He was at the head of all his classes, and so it was at the Pennsylvania College. He was not only a marvel in mathematics, but in other branches of study. Although a fluent speaker, an able debater, an excellent sermonizer, Mr. Worley's forte was in teaching. He was a profound scholar, and shed light upon every subject he undertook to expound. In his adopted Statehe was greatly esteemed, and few men were more potent for good. As an educator he had few equals, and his influence in this field will be felt in the years to come. His life was a strong and useful one.

 

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 11 June 2001

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