Teyler van der Hulst, Pieter (1702-1778)

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Portrait of Pieter Teyler van der Hulst, 1787, oil on canvas; 115 x 103 cm.
Collection Teylers Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands.
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pieter_Teyler.jpg.

Pieter Teyler van der Hulst: born 25 March 1702, at Haarlem, Holland, died there 8 April 1778, was a descendant of Thomas Taylor, a son of Isaac Teyler and Maria van der Hulst. Pieter Teyler van der Hulst was married in 1728 to Helena Wijnand Verschaven, of Amsterdam.

He was a loyal Mennonite of somewhat liberal convictions. In 1735, when the Amsterdam Lamist congregation on the occasion of starting its theological seminary intended to found a General Dutch Mennonite Conference, Teyler in opposition to the views of his Haarlem co-deacons, promoted this conference ardently but vainly, for the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit (ADS) (general conference) was not founded until 1811. He served his home church, the Waterlander Peuzelaarsteeg congregation, as a deacon, and from 1750 he was trustee of the Klein Heiligland orphanage.

He was a silk manufacturer and merchant; through inheritance and through his own prosperous business he became a very wealthy man; yet he is said to have been very sober and even thrifty in his private life, at the same time a benefactor of the poor, liberally contributing to all kinds of charitable associations. In 1756 he founded a home for old women at Klein Heiligland. Being a man of study and scientific interests, Teyler, like many notable persons of this age, collected in his stately house in the Damstraat a large number of books, pictures, physical instruments, and valuable art treasures. After the early death of both his children and his wife (d. 1754) Teyler in 1756 willed his entire property to a foundation that would relieve poverty and promote science and art.

See Teyler Foundation


Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1917): 21-35 (with portrait).

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1876): 116.

Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. v. 1-10. Leiden, 1911-1937: v. V, 903 ff.

De Zondagsbode XXVII (1913-14): Nos. 46-47.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 703. All rights reserved.

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