John Henry Wilbrandt Stuckenberg (1835-1903) was born in Germany and came to America as a small boy. He attended school in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, graduated from Wittenberg College in 1858, studied at the Universities of Halle and Goettingen in Germany, became an Army chaplain in the 145th Pennsylvania volunteers during the Civil War, held several pastorates, then returned to Wittenberg College as a professor in the Theological Department. He returned to Germany several times, the longest period being from 1887-1894 when he wrote books, lectured, and became the founder and first pastor of the American Church in Berlin. Dr. Stuckenberg had a life long interest in maps, and while living in Germany purchased the majority of his collection which consists of three 17th century atlases and over 500 map sheets from the 16th through the 19th century. A few of the cartographers represented in the collection are: Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), Matthaus Seutter (1678-1756), and Tobias Conrad Lotter (1717-1777).

In addition to his map and atlas collection, Dr. Stuckenberg bequeathed to the College a Goethe album, a library of over 3,000 books, and a desk, secretaire, personal items and maps that once belonged to founder of modern geography, Alexander Von Humboldt.

"My life has not been devoted to the accumulation of money, but to intellectual, ethical and religious pursuits, in which my noble wife [Mary Gingrich Stuckenberg (1834-1934)] has been a constant helper. Whatever possessions I may leave, I desire that they be used for the highest purposes and best ends, particularly in aid of such as have holy aspirations to uplift humanity, but are limited in their means for the realization of their aspirations. I favor a progressive Christianity, based on the living teachings of Christ and His apostles. I am opposed to the stagnation created by religious dogmatism and traditionalism and wish none of possessions to be used in the interest of this stagnation."

From the Last Will and Testament of John H. W. Stuckenburg.

"My life has not been devoted to the accumulation of money, but to intellectual, ethical and religious pursuits."

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