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William Cornelius Reichel (born in Salem, North Carolina, 9 May 1824; died in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 15 October 1876) was a Moravian author in the United States who did much to document and examine the early history of the Moravian church in the United States.
Reichel was the son of Rev. Benjamin Reichel, of Salem Female Academy. He entered Nazareth Hall in 1834, and in 1839 the Moravian Theological Seminary, where he was graduated in 1844. After serving as tutor for four years at Nazareth Hall, he became a professor in the theological seminary. In 1862 he was appointed to the charge of Linden Hall Seminary, Lititz, Pennsylvania, which he resigned in 1868. From 1868 until 1876, he filled the duties of professor of Latin and natural sciences in the seminary for young ladies at Bethlehem. He was ordained a deacon in June 1862,and a presbyter in May 1864.
Reichel did more than any one else to elucidate the early history of the Moravian church in the United States. In addition to articles in The Moravian and the local press, and a sketch of Northampton County, prepared for William H. Egle's History of Pennsylvania, he wrote:
He left unfinished History of Bethlehem and History of Northampton County.