Lorenzo D. Santee
1845 - 1919
Lorenzo Santee was a minister, writer, and poet whose poem "When the King Shall Claim His Own" became the words for "In the Glad time of Harvest," Hymn 539 in the 1941 Seventh-day Adventist Church Hymnal. He was a pioneer minister in the state of Kansas and served for many years as a pastor in Chicago area churches.
Santee was born in Hornell, New York, where he spent his childhood and, with his parents accepted the doctrine of the second coming of Christ and the SDA interpretation of Revelation 14. He moved to Illinois in his late teens, attended Tremont College, taught for a short while, and then married Alice Merritt when he was 23.
Santee was ordained in 1876 by James White and then traveled to Kansas, where he started his ministry. Known as a gentle, thoughtful man without pretense, he particularly enjoyed writing poetry. He was residing in Pasedena, California, when he died at age 73.
Sources: Obituary, Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 23 October 1919, 22; Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, Volume 11, Second Revised Edition, 1996, (Review and Herald Publishing Association) 542.