Leendertz, Pieter (1817-1880)

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Pieter Leendertz, b. 17 November 1817 at Amsterdam, d. 10 September 1880 at Dortmund, Germany, on a vacation trip, married to Janke Wagenaar of IJlst, was a son of the Mennonite merchant Willem Leendertz (b. 1779 at Nijmegen, d. 1837 at Kampen). He was educated at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary and served as preacher at Woudsend 1840-1855, Den Ilp 1855-1864, and Medemblik 1864 until his death.

He was very influential even beyond Mennonite circles. In addition he was an outstanding specialist in medieval literature and language. From 1864 he cooperated with his friend de Hoop Scheffer in editing the works of P. C. Hooft, which appeared in two volumes in 1875. In 1856 he and de Hoop Scheffer assumed the editorship of the genealogical paper De Navorscher, raising it to a high level. He owned a valuable library, specially rich in manuscripts and songbooks, and also a rare collection of works of music. Nearly everything, including his valuable notes, was destroyed in a fire on 5 February, 1863 which destroyed the church and parsonage of Den Ilp. He took this blow, which annihilated the work of a lifetime, with Christian composure, and preached on Job 2:10 in the school at Den Ilp on 15 February 1863. In Doopsgezinde Bijdragen of 1861 he published a paper on "De Naam Doopschgezinden."


Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Biographisch Woordenblek von Protestantsche Godgeleerden in Nederland. The Hague, 1903f, v. 5: 673-676.

Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. Leiden, 1911-1937, v. 6: 914-18.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1881): 122.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 626.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 306. All rights reserved.

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