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Douwe Simons Gorter, the son of Simon Gorter and Tiete van der Zee, was born at Hindelopen on 3 August 1811. In 1834 he was called as Mennonite minister to Stavoren and Warns, in 1854 to Balk, the first trained minister of that congregation, and died there on 27 August 1876. He was married to Tryntjen Koopmans. He was the author of the following books: Onderzoek naar het kenmerkend beginsel der Doopsgezinden (1850); Brief aan J. Visscher over de waardeering van den kinderdoop (1851); De Christelyke Doop (1854); Vruchten van onderzoek en strijd (1874). He was one of the most erudite preachers of his time. He was also the editor of the Doopsgezinde Lectuur (1854, 1856, and 1858), to which he contributed many articles, including a study on the martyr Hans van Overdam.


Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J.H. de Bussy, 1919: 304-307, 310, 327.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1901): 23 ff., 145.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II,  137.

van der Zijpp, Nanne. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Nederland. Arnhem, 1952: 202, 213.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Biographisch Woordenboek von Protestantsche Godgeleerden in Nederland. Utrecht, 1903-: III, 310 f.

Author(s) Karel Vos
Date Published 1956

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Vos, Karel. "Gorter, Douwe Simons (1811-1876)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 30 Jun 2016.,_Douwe_Simons_(1811-1876)&oldid=105625.

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Vos, Karel. (1956). Gorter, Douwe Simons (1811-1876). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 June 2016, from,_Douwe_Simons_(1811-1876)&oldid=105625.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 545. All rights reserved.

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