Hulshoff, Allard (1734-1795)

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Allard Hulshoff was born 20 February 1734 at Groningen and died 30 July 1795 at Amsterdam. He studied philosophy at the University of Groningen, obtaining his doctor's degree in 1755. He began his theological studies in 1756 in the Mennonite seminary at Amsterdam. In 1759 he was made preacher of the congregation at Makkum and in 1760 he was called to the "Lam en Toren" congregation at Amsterdam. His eloquence as a pulpit speaker is attested by the collection of his sermons (Kerkelijke redevoeringen, 4 vols., Amsterdam, 1796). He wrote numerous philosophical works, which earned him much recognition. He was also successful in the field of pedagogy. He was married to Anna Debora van Oosterwijk. His son Willem van Oosterwijk Hulshoff died ten weeks before his father. Besides this son he had a daughter Aletta Maria (1781-after 1850), who was an ardent Patriot and caused a lot of trouble to the government. She seems to have been very unbalanced; in 1810 she made an attempt on Napoleon's life when he visited Amsterdam; only by fleeing abroad could she save her life; by many she was celebrated as a heroine.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Hulshoff, Allard (1734-1795)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 19 Sep 2018.,_Allard_(1734-1795)&oldid=118345.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Hulshoff, Allard (1734-1795). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 September 2018, from,_Allard_(1734-1795)&oldid=118345.


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