Christopher Sower House Site

Historic Germantown in Philadelphia

Christopher Sower House Site

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States

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Point of Interest Details

Trinity Lutheran Church now stands on the site of Christopher Sower's printing establishment. Sower is remembered as the printer of America's first German Bible in 1743. (The first Bible printed in America was in an Indian language. The first English-language Bible followed 40 years later.)

Sower is also known for priting the first German newspaper in America. Sower the elder died on September 25, 1758, and Christopher Sower II, continued his father's business and printed two more versions of the Bible in 1763 and 1776. He became a Bishop of the Dunker Church, but continued his printing business up to the Revolution. In 1772 or 1773 he cast the first type of American manufacture.

During the British occupation of Philadelphia, Sower printed an English newspaper for them. After the British withdrew he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the State. As a result, he was termed a collaborator and his property and goods were confiscated and sold. He died a ruined man. His house was replaced by the church house attached to Trinity Lutheran Church in 1860. The business, Christopher Sower and Co. was carried on afterwards by generations of the Sower family.


This point of interest is part of the tour: Historic Germantown in Philadelphia


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