Schlegel, Joseph (1837-1913)

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Joseph Schlegel was born near Mulhouse, Alsace, 11 November 1837, and as a youth migrated to Ontario, and a few years later to Davis County, Iowa. He was ordained to the ministry in the Amish Mennonite Church at Wayland, Iowa, in 1867, and the next year was ordained bishop. In 1879 he moved to Milford, Nebraska, where he died 25 December 1913. He was the first moderator of the Western District Amish Mennonite Conference and served either as moderator or assistant moderator ten times between 1890 and 1904. He attended at least nineteen sessions between 1890 and 1913, preached eight conference sermons, and was appointed to important committees. He was known as a forceful speaker and his ability as a mediator was widely recognized.


Gingerich, Melvin. The Mennonites in Iowa. Iowa City, 1939.

"Ten Leaders of the Western District Amish Mennonite Conference." Mennonite Historical Bulletin (October 1940).

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1959

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Schlegel, Joseph (1837-1913)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 22 Jun 2018.,_Joseph_(1837-1913)&oldid=77531.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 460. All rights reserved.

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