Swartzendruber, Solomon J. (1856-1932)

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Solomon J. Swartzendruber (1856-1932), an Amish Mennonite leader and bishop, was born in Allegany (now Garrett) County, Maryland, on 27 March 1856, the fifth of the eleven children of Joseph J. and Barbara Brenneman Swartzendruber. When he was about six weeks old his parents moved to Johnson County, Iowa, where his father had purchased a tract of land as one of the first three Mennonite landowners in that community. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church early in life. On 13 January 1881, he was married to Katie Swartzendruber and to them seven children were born. In 1884 they moved to Inman, Kansas, where he was ordained to the ministry in 1886 or 1887. Several years later he was ordained bishop. In 1893 he with his family moved to Wright County, Iowa, and helped to organize a church there. In 1902 they moved to Earlham, Madison County, Iowa. In 1904 they moved to Bay Port, Missouri, arriving there on 18 February, where he organized and became the first bishop of the Pigeon Conservative (Amish) Mennonite Church which became a large congregation. He was elected moderator of the Conservative Amish Mennonite Conference in 1912, 1914, and 1916. He was assistant moderator in 1913. Three times, in 1914-16, he preached the conference sermon. In 1925-1930 he served on its executive committee. In 1919 he moved to Pigeon, Missouri, and here he died 1 March 1932.


Combined Annual Reports of the Amish Mennonite Conference (Conservative), 1925-1937. 1938.

History of the Amish Mennonite Conference (Conservative) 1910-1924. Scottdale; 1925; (this report however, is in error in stating the first conference was held in 1911).

Author(s) Elmer G Swartzendruber
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 667-668. All rights reserved.

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