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Hermann is the county seat of Gasconade County, Missouri. The city was founded by the Deutsche Ansiedlungs-Gesellschaft zu Pennsylvania, the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia, in the 1830s, and promoted by Gottfried Duden. The first group of settlers were led by George Bayer and Edward Hermann, who had purchased the land, and is considered the city’s founder. The Society had hoped to create a German-American community that would perpetuate traditional German culture built around farming, commerce, and industry. The city was named, not for its founder, but for Hermann der Cherusker, a Germanic leader who defeated the Romans in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in the year 9. Hermann was named the county seat in 1842. In the 1960s, a wine industry began to develop in Hermann, making the area known for its wineries. Joe Hoerner, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, retired to Hermann, where he died in a farming accident in 1996. Hermann is located along the southern banks of the Missouri River, north of Swiss, northeast of Fredericksburg and Pershing, and northwest of Etlah and Dissen.


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