Brunner, Karl

Brunner, Karl a Swiss theologian and architect, was born at Hemberg, in the Toggenburg, in 1831. He studied at Zurich and Tubingen. At the latter university he became a zealous disciple of the then prevailing "Tubingen school," to which he remained faithful until his death, although throughout his life he maintained friendly intercourse with men of all parties. His first ministerial duty was at Kappel, where he served as vicar. In 1856 he was elected pastor of Henau, and in 1858 of Buhler, in Appenzell. His zeal for the schools drew him away from his clerical work, and in 1864 he was called to the cantonal school of Appenzell, at Trogen, and in 1867 invited to become rector of the gymnasium at Biel. In 1873 the government of Aargau invited him to take charge of its rich archives, a task to which he devoted the remainder of his life, without, however, attaining the great object — the complete organization of the archives of the illustrious "gau" of the Aar. He died January 26, 1881. (B.P.)

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