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Abraham Staal, born 1752 at Gouda, died 18?? was trained for the ministry at the Amsterdam Mennonite seminary and served as Mennonite pastor at Goes 1779-1787, Bolsward 1787-1788, and Leeuwarden 1788-1798. Particularly after 1795 Staal, an ardent Patriot and admirer of the principles of the French Revolution, engaged in politics and became a member of the provincial government of Friesland in 1796 and soon after a judge in the provincial court. Having been temporarily suspended in 1797 because of his political activity, he resigned in 1798. In 1794 Staal insisted on the establishment of a foundation for pensioning the widows of Mennonite ministers in Friesland; it was, however, not established until 1804.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Staal, Abraham (1752-18??)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 21 Oct 2016.,_Abraham_(1752-18%3F%3F)&oldid=96533.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Staal, Abraham (1752-18??). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2016, from,_Abraham_(1752-18%3F%3F)&oldid=96533.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 606. All rights reserved.

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