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Bishop Benjamin Eby, 1785-1853

Bishop Benjamin Eby, 1785-1853

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004

Bishop Benjamin Eby, 1785-1853

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted November, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The City of Kitchener
In front of a church on the north side of King Street East just east of Sterling Avenue


Coordinates: N 43 26.643 W 80 28.571

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Plaque Text

Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Eby came to Upper Canada in 1806 and purchased extensive lands in this vicinity on which he settled the following year. He was ordained a minister of the Mennonite Church in 1809 and in 1812 was made a bishop. Through his efforts the first Mennonite church in western Upper Canada was built in this settlement in 1813. Eby was for many years the religious and secular leader of this community which was known first as Ebytown, named Berlin about 1830, and in 1916 re-named Kitchener.

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