Birthdays on September 16
William Augustus Muhlenberg was born in Philadelphia. He became an Episcopal clergyman and hymn writer.
James C. Penney was born near Hamilton, Missouri. His father was a Baptist minister who supported his family by farming, taking no salary from his church. An astute businessman, Penny moved steadily up in the business world, opening his first store on April 14, 1902. He sought to run his business on Biblical principles, giving each customer only quality merchandise at a fair price, operating only on what he felt would be a fair profit. Penny loved the Lord and faithfully used the tithe as the minimum for his giving.
Birth of J. B. Phillips who became an Anglican clergyman. He made a fresh and vivid paraphrase of the New Testament (and Isaiah) into English, beginning with his Letters to Young Churches. C. S. Lewis encouraged him in this effort.