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Past Presidents

Past Presidents

In its early years, Salem was run by the unmarried women of the Moravian community, who were known as “Single Sisters.” Oesterlein and her fellow Sisters were economically self-sufficient, a rare condition for women of the 18th century. The meticulous records of the Moravians show that Salem educated girls of African-American heritage as early as 1785, and that in the 1820s, the daughter of a Cherokee Indian chief attended the school but left to join the Trail of Tears. 

In its history, Salem has had 19 Inspectors, Principals and Presidents:

 

     Samuel G. Kramsch

 

1802-1806

     Abraham S. Steiner

 

1806-1816

     G. Benjamin Reichel

 

1816-1834

     John C. Jacobson

 

1834-1844

     Charles A. Bleck

 

1844-1848

     Emil A. deSchweinitz

 

1848-1853

     Robert deSchweinitz

 

1853-1866

     Maximilian E. Grunert

 

1866-1877

     Theophilus Zorn

 

1877-1884

     Edward Rondthaler

 

1884-1888

     John H. Clewell

 

1888-1909

     Howard Rondthaler

 

1909-1949

     Dale H. Gramley

 

1949-1971

     John H. Chandler

 

1971-1976

     Merrimon Cuninggim

 

1976-1979

     Richard Leslie Morrill

 

1979-1982

     Thomas Vernon Litzenburg Jr.

 

1982-1991

     Julianne Still Thrift

 

1991-2006

     Susan E. Pauly

 

2006-2014