Penner, Johann (1817-1889)

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Johann Penner, an elder of the Thiensdorf Mennonite Church in West Prussia, Germany, was born at Thörichthof 9 September 1817, was ordained preacher in 1847 and elder in 1864. He was one of the five elders who traveled to Berlin in February 1869 as deputies of the West Prussian congregations and were given an audience with William I of Prussia to present their position on the military law passed in November 1867. In 1861 Johann Penner had made a previous trip to Berlin on the matter of nonresistance. When the Mennonites were released from military service by an order of cabinet on 3 March 1868, most of the West Prussian Mennonites were satisfied. Some immigrated to America, among them three of the five deputies. Johann Penner remained in Germany and exerted a beneficent influence far beyond the confines of his congregation. He died at Markushof on 2 February 1889.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 342.

"Heimatbilder aus Westpreussen, nach Oelgemäldern von Marie Birckholtz-Bestvater." Mennonitisches Jahrbuch (1951).

Mennonitische Blätter (1889): 42-44.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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