May 7 commemorates the first president of the German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and other States (later called the LCMS). In 1838 Walther joined with nearly 1100 Lutherans to flee from the religious persecution of the Prussion Union in Germany. 750 made it to America while one ship was lost at sea. Shortly after their arrival Walther rose to leadership of the settlement.
He was a churchman and one of the strongest theologians of the 19th century. In my opinion, his best and most enduring work is “The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel”. This book is a collection of 39 lectures delivered to the seminary students in St. Louis, MO between September 12, 1884 and November 6, 1885.