1799-1871

September 19, 1799, Rümlingen, Basel Canton, Switzerland.

January 13, 1871, Basel, Switzerland.

Son of Alexander Preiswerk, pastor at Rümlingen, Samuel studied at the Universities of Basel, Tübingen, and Erlangen, and was for some time Curate in Charge at Benken, Basel Canton. In 1824, he was appointed preacher at the Basel Orphanage, and in 1829 Hebrew tutor at the Basel mission house. In 1830, he became pastor of Muttenz (near Basel), but had to leave upon the outbreak of the Revolution of 1832. After being professor of Old Testament Exegesis and Oriental Languages in the Evangelical theological Institute in Geneva (1834-47), he returned to Basel, where he became pastor of St. Leonard’s Church in 1843, and antistes, or highest dignitary in the Cathedral, in 1859.

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