The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 32
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county school superintendent. The Senate elected him its presi-
dent pro tempore. The Democratic Executive Committee engaged
him to make speeches in Fayette County to influence the Germans
to join the Democratic Party. He was successful. He died on the
12th day of October, 1891, at the age of seventy-four years one
month, highly respected by everybody.
A. F. Trenckmann, the son of a farmer, was born in Wefen-
dishen near Magdeburg in the Kingdom of Prussia on the 7th
day of July, 1809. He attended an elementary school and later
a normal school, in which he graduated. As his means were in-
sufficient, he had to supplement them in private teaching. After-
wards he established a private school in Magdeburg which be-
came so popular that five hundred pupils attended the school
at the same time. He was so prominent that in 1848 he was
appointed as a member of a delegation to go to the King of
Prussia and ask for political reforms. A. F. Trenckmann was
progressive, but opposed to uproar and rebellion. In 1844 be-
gan a movement against pietiszmus among the Protestants and
against ultramontanismus among the Roman Catholics, trying to
harmonize belief and science. The Protestant movement orig-
inated in Magdeburg, the home of A. F. Trenckmann; the Catho-
lic movement in Breslau, where my father and some others formed
the sect of the "Christian Catholics," eliminating popery. A. F.
Trenckmann sympathized with the Protestant movement. After
the reaction of the religious and political reforms was successful,
he emigrated in 1853, first to Colorado County, but in 1858 he
bought a farm and gin in Millheim. He voted against secession,
but obeyed the laws of the de facto government of the Confed-
erate States and did not object to the enlistment of two sons in
the Confederate Army at the beginning of the war; one of them
was killed in battle. He was a good speaker and popular. He
died in 1883. W. A. Trenckmann, his youngest son, is still liv-
ing. He represented Austin County in the legislature some years
ago and is editor and proprietor of one of the best German news-
papers of Texas since many years.
[In preparing to write this article, Mr. Regenbrecht asked Hon.
Charles Nagel for a sketch of his father, Dr. Herman Nagel. Be-
fore receiving it he died. It is, however, added below.]
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