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Ulrich Kipher, deacon of the Mennonite congregation in the Emmental, canton of Bern, Switzerland, was born near Langnau in 1772. He passed through the changes of the 1830s in the Emmental churches, and wrote an exact, detailed account of the division of 1835 (see Bern, Samuel Frohlich, and Neutäufer). For a long time he corresponded with the Mennonites living in the Palatinate. In March 1810 Ulrich Kipfer, Nikolaus Gerber, Christian Gerber, and Christian Brand made a futile appeal to the cantonal government of Bern requesting the observance of the rights granted the Mennonites in 1799 by the "Act of Toleration." In 1850 Kipfer helped to draw up the petition to the government at Bern for military exemption for the Mennonites, and was one of the signatories.


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Geiser, Samuel. Die Taufgesinnten-Gemeinden : eine Kurzgefasste Darstellung der wichtigsten Ereignisse des Täufertums. Karlsruhe: H. Schneider, [1931]: 467, 474.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 494.

Author(s) Samuel Geiser
Date Published 1957

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