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Anthony Winkler Prins

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Voorst, Roerdalen, Limburg, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Voorburg, Leidschendam-Voorburg, South Holland, The Netherlands
Place of Burial: Veendam, Veendam, Groningen, The Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Cornelisz Prins and Johanna van Marle Winkeler
Husband of Henrika Rensina Klijnsma
Father of Jacob Winkler Prins; Vincent Winkler Prins; Jan Lambertus Winkler Prins and Vincent Winkler Prins
Brother of Jacoba Cornelia Prins and Cornelia Henriëtte Prins

Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Anthony Winkler Prins

Anthony Winkler Prins (Voorst, 30 januari 1817 – Voorburg, 4 januari 1908), geboren als Anthonij Prins[1], was een Nederlandse encyclopedist, schrijver, dichter, dominee en vrijmetselaar. Hij was hoofdredacteur van de later naar hem genoemde Winkler Prins encyclopedie.

Winkler Prins werd geboren te Voorst als zoon van de apotheker Jacob Prins en Johanna van Marle Winkler. Over zijn geboortedag bestaat enige verwarring. In de tweede druk van de door hemzelf geredigeerde encyclopedie staat 31 januari 1817 vermeld, maar de geboorteakte vermeldt 30 januari.[1] lees meer....

Anthony Winkler Prins (Voorst, 30 or 31 January 1817 – Voorburg, 4 January 1908) was a Dutch writer. He is remembered mostly for being chief editor of the Winkler Prins encyclopedia.

Besides being an encyclopedist, Winkler Prins (a double surname) was a "Doopsgezind" (Mennonite) preacher. He also wrote editorials for many newspapers, as well as poetry.

Winkler Prins studied science and literature in Utrecht and later studied theology at the Doopsgezind Seminarium (Mennonite Seminary) in Amsterdam. From 1841 to 1850, he preached in the village of Tjalleberd.

From 1850 to 1882, Winkler Prins preached in the northern town of Veendam, where he completed his encyclopedia in 1882. He was very important to the community, not just as a preacher, but also because he founded a high school (which still exists; see external links), a seafaring school and a Masonic Lodge.

After he retired as a preacher in 1882, he went to live with his daughter in Voorburg, where he died and was interred in 1908. A statue of Winkler Prins was erected outside the Veenkoloniaal Museum ("Peat Colony Museum") in Veendam in 1991; see photo. On 9 September 2005, the Museum had the remains of Winkler Prins and his wife Henderika reburied in the graveyard of the Reformed Church in Veendam.

Winkler Prins' son Jacob (born in Tjalleberd on 5 February 1849, died at sea on 25 November 1907) was a poet (mostly of sonnets) and a painter.

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Anthony Winkler Prins's Timeline

January 30, 1817
Voorst, Roerdalen, Limburg, The Netherlands
February 5, 1849
Age 32
Tjalleberd, Ængwirden, Friesland
October 10, 1850
Age 33
Ængwirden, Friesland
October 24, 1861
Age 44
Veendam, Veendam, Groningen, The Netherlands
May 19, 1865
Age 48
Veendam, Veendam, Groningen, The Netherlands
January 4, 1908
Age 90
Voorburg, Leidschendam-Voorburg, South Holland, The Netherlands
Veendam, Veendam, Groningen, The Netherlands