Poets

Samuel Johannes van den Bergh

Samuel Johannes van den Bergh was born on January 10, 1814 in Den Haag. He was the son of a pharmacist, the pharmacy was had been in the family for 100 years already when he was born. At only seven years old, Samuel lost his father. His mother, who is described as a simple but sensible woman, put him into a boarding school. When he was 15 years old, they decided it was time for him to prepare himself for his profession as a pharmacist. For him to qualify he was first placed under the care of pharmacist Kruyt. At the age of 18 he already achieved his diploma as a pharmacist. This was exceptional, because the minimum age was normally 20 years. Evidently, his education at pharmacist Kruyt had another advantage, he married Kruyt's daughter Maria Johanna Kruyt, on May 19, 1840. Their marriage was blessed with seven children, 6 girls and 1 son. At nearly 55 years old Samuel Johannes died suddenly on December 24, 1868 in Den Haag.

Besides his praiseworthy activity as a pharmacist and caring for his wife and children, he also found time to publish many poems. We found the Divine Name written in the book "Heden en Verleden" ("Present and Past").

 

 

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