David Nitschmann der Bischof

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David Nitschmann the Bishop

David Nitschmann der Bischof (David Nitschmann the Bishop, December 18, 1695/1696, Zauchtenthal/Suchdol nad Odrou, Northern Moravia - October 5, 1772, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA) was with Johann Leonhard Dober one of the two first missionaries of the Moravian Brethren (Herrnhuter Brüder) in the West Indies in 1732, and the first Bishop of the Renewed Unitas Fratrum, the Moravian Church or Evangelische Brüdergemeine.

In 1735 in Berlin, he was consecrated the first Bishop of the Renewed Unitas Fratrum, the Herrnhuter Brüder or Moravians by Daniel Ernst Jablonski, Grandson of John Amos Comenius, the last Bishop of the Ancient Unitas Fratrum.

He landed at Philadelphia, in 1741 and was instrumental in the founding of Bethlehem, PA where he died in 1772.[1][2]

David Nitschmann der Bischof tombstone in Bethlehem, Pa.


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