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Petrus (Pieter) Smidt, born 10 November 1707, at Amsterdam, died there 12 August 1781, whose great-grandfather was Gerrit Smidt, a Mennonite preacher of Hamburg-Altona, was an elder of the Amsterdam Zonist congregation from 1728 until his death. When the Amsterdam Lamist congregation started a seminary for the training of Mennonite ministers and some Zonists desired a good training for their ministers too, the Amsterdam Zonist congregation decided to open a Zonist seminary, appointing Petrus Smidt as theological professor in 1753. Smidt taught until 1780, when the Zonist seminary was closed; the number of students had always been very small. Smidt did not publish any writings except a sermon in 1728.

Petrus Smidt seems to have been a man of means. Besides a stately home at Amsterdam, first on the Singel, later on the Heerengracht, he owned a country home at Uithoorn. He married Sara de Koker (1702-58). His daughter Maria Smidt was married to Pastor Hendrik van Gelder, whose descendants, still numerous in the Netherlands, bear the family name of Smidt van Gelder.

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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1872): 55; (1890): 110; (1918): 78.

Gelder, J. M. van. Stamboek van de familie van Gelder. Amsterdam, 1899: 178-83.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. II, 2953, 3146.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Smidt, Petrus (1707-1781)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 12 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Smidt,_Petrus_(1707-1781)&oldid=109462.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Smidt, Petrus (1707-1781). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 12 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Smidt,_Petrus_(1707-1781)&oldid=109462.




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