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John Bading First Presidency, 1860 - 1864

Identifier: S013.02
The bulk of these records consists of the correspondence recieved by the first four presidents of the Wisconsin Synod. The following men held the position and were elected pro-tempore:

Johannes Muehlhaeuser December 1849-June 1860

Johannes Bading June 1860-August 1863

Gotlieb Reim September 1863-June 1865

Wilhelm Striessguth June 1865 - June 1867

Johannes Bading June 1867 -June 1889.

The collection also consists of correspondence collected by from various personal collections as noted in Koehler's custodial history.


  • Majority of material found within 1860 - 1864

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From the Collection: 31 Box : 19 record cartons, 9 hollinger boxes, 3 cartons loose material.


This series contains letters to Bading and others during Badings first tenure as Synod Ppresident.

Biographical / Historical

Johannes Bading served as the Wisconsin Synod President from 1863-1865 and 1867-1889. He arrived in Wisconsin in 1854 and joined the synod in 1855. He served congregations in Calumet, Theresa, Watertown, and Milwaukee, WI. He helped start our synod's seminary and Northwestern College. He served as synod secretary and vice president as well as synod president. In 1872 he helped found the Synodical Conference and served as President of the Conference from 1882-1912.

Repository Details

Part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Archives Repository