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Zion Lutheran Church

 
 
Zion Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Zion Lutheran Church Marker
Inscription. "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" was the familiar political slogan of the 1839 Presidential Campaign. The Campaign began when William Henry Harrison and John Tyler were nominated as the Whig candidates for U.S. President and Vice President in this church, now altered from its original appearance. The Whig Convention here made Harrisburg the smallest city to ever host a U.S. presidential convention. Both men won and both eventually became President. The congregation of Zion Lutheran Church has been rooted to this property since the erection of its predecessor church on the same site in 1814, which burned in 1838. Having split from the German Reformed congregation, which built Salem Reformed Church (now Salem United Church of Christ) around the corner on Chestnut Street in 1822, the present Zion Lutheran was completed in 1839, just in time for the Presidential Convention. The graves of the original cemetery at the rear of the Church were relocated to Harrisburg Cemetery in the mid-19th Century when this portion of the downtown became more developed.
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Late 1880's view of Zion Lutheran Church after alterations made in the 1860's. The buildings at right, though now commercial are still standing.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Marker series.
Zion Lutheran Church - site of the convention. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Zion Lutheran Church - site of the convention.
This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
 
Location. 40° 15.715′ N, 76° 52.778′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Street and Market Street, on the left when traveling north on 4th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maurice K. Goddard (a few steps from this marker); 333 Market Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Pennsylvania Railroad Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidential Convention (within shouting distance of this marker); Lochiel Hotel and Colonial Theater (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); T. Morris Chester (about 500 feet away); Old Dauphin County Courthouses (about 500 feet away); Kunkel Building (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Presidential Convention
 
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Plaque on Church Building image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
3. Plaque on Church Building
Zion Lutheran Church 1787 Welcome presented by Mr. & Mrs. William Long
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,453 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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