Alexander Mack, Jr. (1712 - 1803)

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Birthplace: Swartzenan, Witgenstein, Germany
Death: Died in Germantown, PA, USA
Occupation: Weaver by trade
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About Alexander Mack, Jr.

The Church of the Brethren developed out of the wave of radical Pietism in early eighteenth-century Germany. Hearing William Penn's invitation to come to the American colonies, most of the Brethren immigrated; those who remained were absorbed into the Mennonite movement. Their first American congregation was instituted in Germantown, Pennsylvania, on Christmas Day 1723. Important leaders of the first generation included Alexander Mack, Sr. (1679-1735), the first recognized minister; Christopher Sauer II (1721-1784), a noted colonial printer; Alexander Mack, Jr.(1712-1803); and Peter Becker (1687-1758). Until the early twentieth century, Brethren were commonly known as "Dunkers" (or Tunker), after their manner of thrice-fold immersion baptism. The formal name, German Baptist Brethren, used during most of the nineteenth century, was changed to the current designation on the anniversary of the church's bicentennial in 1908.

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Alexander Mack, Jr.'s Timeline

Swartzenan, Witgenstein, Germany
August 31, 1749
Age 37
Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
October 29, 1752
Age 40
Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, USA
December 23, 1753
Age 41
Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, USA
September 10, 1755
Age 43
Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, USA
January 18, 1758
Age 46
Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, USA
January 4, 1761
Age 49
Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, USA
May 2, 1763
Age 51
Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, USA
July 31, 1765
Age 53
March 10, 1803
Age 91
Germantown, PA, USA