Vissering, Simon (1818-1888)

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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.


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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