Jan Nieuwenhuyzen

Sep 1, 1724 - Feb 24, 1806

Jan Nieuwenhuijzen was a Dutch Mennonite teacher and minister.
He was first trained to be a book seller and in 1743 he entered the guild in Haarlem. He married the poet Gezina Wijnalda, a niece of Age Wijnalda in 1751. He then sold his printing offices in 1758 after training at the Mennonite seminary in Amsterdam to become a minister. He served in Middelharnis 1758–1763, Aardenburg 1763–1771, and Monnikendam 1771–1806. In 1784, along with his son Martinus who became a doctor in Edam, he founded the society "Genoodschap van Konsten en Wetenschappen, onder de zinspreuk: Tot Nut van 't Algemeen", most often called Maatschappij tot Nut van't Algemeen, or simply Het Nut.
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