Nussbaumer, Samuel (1866-1944)

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Samuel Nussbaumer, outstanding elder and leader of the Swiss Mennonites, was born 5 July 1866, the fifth child of Daniel and Marianne Gerber Nussbaumer at Wittwald near Eptingen in the canton of Baselland, Switzerland. The family moved to a farm in the Bernese Jura in 1889 located near Montfaucon. He was baptized in the Sonnenberg congregation in 1889, and here ordained as a preacher shortly thereafter and in ca. 1900 as elder. He attended the St. Chrischona Bible School 1890-1891. In February 1897 he married Elise Scheidegger. Among the six children who grew to maturity was Elder Hans Nussbaumer of Schweighof, Altkirch, Alsace. In 1904 the family moved to Les Fontaines near Tramelan, and in 1911 near Basel, where they occupied the farm called Sternenhof at Dornach and where he became the elder of the Schanzli Mennonite congregation at Basel. He served many years (ca. 25) as president of the Swiss Mennonite Conference, and was widely known, respected, and loved as a preacher, pastor, Bible teacher, and leader. He was also an outstanding farmer, and for a number of years member of the cantonal legislature as a representative of the Evangelical People's Party.


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Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1957

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Bender, Harold S. "Nussbaumer, Samuel (1866-1944)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 1 Oct 2022.,_Samuel_(1866-1944)&oldid=93151.

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Bender, Harold S. (1957). Nussbaumer, Samuel (1866-1944). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 October 2022, from,_Samuel_(1866-1944)&oldid=93151.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 929. All rights reserved.

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