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Cornelis Lely, born 23 September 1854 at Amsterdam, died 14 January 1929 at The Hague, was a Dutch engineer and a member of the Second, and later of the First Chamber of the Dutch States-General, governor of Surinam 1902-1905, and three times Minister of Public Works (1891-1894, 1897-1901, 1913-1918). In 1918 a law was passed to reclaim the Zuiderzee. To this gigantic task, which has proved to be of great national importance and which was begun in 1923, Lely had given both the impulse and the plans by his Nota's over de afsluiting en droogmaking van de Zuiderzee (Leiden, 1887-1891). Lely stemmed from an old Mennonite family and was a member of the church, being for some time also a member of the church board at The Hague.


Jansma K. Lely, de bedwinger der Zuiderzee. Amsterdam, 1948.   

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Lely, Cornelis (1854-1929)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 24 Oct 2016.,_Cornelis_(1854-1929)&oldid=66297.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Lely, Cornelis (1854-1929). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 October 2016, from,_Cornelis_(1854-1929)&oldid=66297.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 319. All rights reserved.

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