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Ephraim Maclay Gearhart, American clergyman. Awarded Second Class Order of Red Cross at Japan, also title of “The Silver Bearer,” by National Committee Boy Scouts America.


Gearhart, Ephraim Maclay was born on December 25, 1880 in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Robert Harris and Mary (Cornman) Gearhart.


Bachelor of Arts, Susquehanna U., 1903, graduate theological department same, 1906, A.M., 1906, Doctor of Divinity, 1920.


1 son, Ephraim Maclay. Married second, Bessie Alice Leonard, July 8, 1911. Children—Robert Paul, Gordon Cornman.

Ordained Lutheran ministry, 1906. Pastor Luther Memorial Church, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1922-1951, pastor emeritus from 1951. Physical director for Young Men’s Christian Association at United States Naval Air Station, United States Navy Yard, Pensacola, Florida, World War.


Member National Commission Boy Scouts America from 1919. Chairman commission on ministerial education of Pittsburgh Synod United Lutheran Church American, 1945. Member American Philatelic Society, Pi Gamma Mu fraternity.

Member Academie Latine, Arts, Sciences and Belles Lettres, Paris, Accademia Internazionale di Lettere e Scienze, Naples. Member of the board of trustees Thiel College. Member board directors Lutheran Home for the Aged from 1950.

Mason (K.T., 32°, Shriner). Clubs: Kiwanis (Erie). Collectors (New York City).

Lecturer on Indian mythology.

  • Member, Pennsylvania State History Commission, 1925-1929. Member, Commission to Commemorate the Battle of Lake Erie, 1925. Member, Board of Directors, Edinboro State Teachers College. Member, Board of Directors, Erie Chamber of Commerce, since 1929. Author: Skalalatort Stories. 1920. Member, International Society of Arts and Sciences, Naples, Italy, Academic Arts, Belles Letters and Sciences, Paris. Order Red Cross, Japan.


Married Minnie Louise Kline, December 19, 1905.; married second, Bessie Alice Leonard, July 8, 1911. Children: Robert Paul, Gordon Cornman.

Robert Harris Gearhart

Mary (Cornman) Gearhart

Minnie Louise Kline

Bessie Alice Leonard

Gordon Cornman Gearhart

Robert Paul Gearhart