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Simon Vissering, born 23 June 1818 at Amsterdam, died 27 August 1888 at Ellecom, was a descendant of the Vissering family of Leer. He was mar­ried to Geertje Corver (1825-1898) of Amsterdam. Vissering studied law and was at first a lawyer at Amsterdam. In 1850-1879 he was professor of politics at the University of Leiden. In 1879 he became Minister of Finance of the Netherlands and served until 1881. He was a loyal member of the church. During his Leiden period he was on the board of the Leiden congrega­tion 1859-1879. He was also interested in the founding of the Mennonite congregation at The Hague in 1881. In 1866-1873 he was a trustee of the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit (ADS); in 1867 he took the initiative for a better constitution for the ADS. Besides being a brilliant jurist and financial expert, he took a keen interest in literature, serving as co-editor of the leading Dutch periodical (monthly) De Gids 1849-1888, and for a few years he was editor of the Amsterdamsche Courant. He published papers on juridical, eco­nomic, statistical, financial, and literary subjects. A large number of these papers were published in Herinneringen (3 vols.) and Verspreide Geschriften (Leiden, 1889).

His son was Gerard Vissering (1 March 1865 - 19 December 1937), president of De Nederlandsche Bank from 1912 to 1931.

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Buys "In Memoriam." De Gids (1888).

Molhuysen, P. C. and  P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 10 vols. Leiden, 1911-1937: v.  X, 119-22.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Vissering, Simon (1818-1888). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 October 2016, from,_Simon_(1818-1888)&oldid=133740.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 836. All rights reserved.

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