Vries, Abraham de (1773-1862)

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Abraham de Vries, born 20 April 1773 at Amster­dam, died 3 November 1862 at Haarlem, a Dutch Mennon­ite minister. He was a son of Gerrit de Vries and Catharina de Bosch. In 1814 he married Hillegonda van Geuns, d. 1866, the widow of Jacob Veen. Abra­ham de Vries, who was in his youth greatly inter­ested in politics (like most Mennonites he was a Patriot), and who in his student years at the Amsterdam seminary was even a captain of the Landstorm (army reserves), was appointed minis­terial candidate in 1799. Thereupon he served the congregations of Nijmegen 1799-1801, Leiden 1801-1803, and Haarlem 1803-1838, in which year he retired. He was a man of great authority both in his own congregations and in the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit, of which he was a co-founder in 1811, a member of its board 1811-1839, and an honorary member 1839-1857, when he resigned; he also was a curator of its seminary.

De Vries did not leave any theological writings. More than a theologian he was a literary man, well versed in several languages. In 1820 he refused a professorship in Greek and Latin at the University of Leiden. This university granted him an honor­ary Dr. Lit. Hum. degree in 1822. For more than 40 years he was also the city librarian and archivist of Haarlem. One of his sons was the well-known professor of Dutch literature Matthias de Vries (1820-1892); another son was Gerrit de Vries (1818-1900), a lawyer and in 1872-74 Dutch Prime Minis­ter.

Abraham de Vries was a member of several lit­erary societies, including the Association for Dutch Literature; in the Levensberichten of this Associa­tion. Christiaan Sepp published an appreciative biog­raphy of de Vries (Leiden, 1863).


Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1850): 143.

Molhuysen, P. C. and  P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 10 vols. Leiden, 1911-1937: v. V, 1078-80.     

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam. (1800): 58.

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. 863. All rights reserved.

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