1801–1859
Philipp Spitta

Introduction

Born: Au­gust 1, 1801, Han­o­ver, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 28, 1859, Burg­dorf, Ger­ma­ny.

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Biography

Karl of the son of Le­brecht Wil­helm Gott­fried Spit­ta, a book­keep­er and French teach­er.

He was orig­in­al­ly ap­pren­ticed to a watch mak­er. He dis­liked the oc­cu­pa­tion, though, and went to the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Göt­ting­en to stu­dy the­o­lo­gy.

He was or­dained in 1828, and be­came an as­sist­ant pas­tor near Ho­ya, Nie­der­sach­sen.

In 1830, he be­came as­sist­ant chap­lain to the gar­ri­son and the pris­on at Ham­meln on the Wes­er River. He would have be­come per­ma­nent chap­lain, ex­cept for re­ports the mil­i­ta­ry au­thor­i­ties re­ceived des­crib­ing him as a Pi­e­tist and a Mys­tic.

As com­pen­sa­tion, he was made pas­tor at Wech­old, near Ho­ya, in 1837. He lat­er became Lu­ther­an su­per­in­tend­ent at Wit­ting­en (1847), Peine (1853), and Burg­dorf (1859).

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