Ernest George Jansen
|The Right Honourable
Ernest George Jansen
|8th Governor-General of the Union of South Africa|
1 January 1951 – 25 November 1959
|Preceded by||The Rt Hon. Gideon Brand van Zyl|
|Born||7 August 1881|
|Resting place||Heroes' Acre, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa|
Ernest George Jansen (1881–1959) was the second-last Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, holding office from 1950 to 1959.
In 1919, he was a member of a delegation which tried unsuccessfully to persuade American president Woodrow Wilson to call for independence to be restored to the former Boer republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal.
In Parliament, Jansen was Speaker of the House of Assembly from 1924 to 1929, Minister of Native Affairs and of Irrigation from 1929 to 1934, and Speaker again from 1934 to 1943. He was highly regarded for his firm and impartial speakership.
He was Minister of Native Affairs again from 1948 to 1950, but was thought to be too soft on the new policy of apartheid, for which his department was primarily responsible. He was subsequently replaced by hardliner Hendrik Verwoerd and formally promoted by Prime Minister Daniel Malan to the politically neutral post of Governor-General once vacant. As an Afrikaner nationalist and stout republican, Jansen declined to wear the ceremonial uniform, or to take the oath of allegiance to the monarch whom he represented. He held office until his death in 1959, when he was succeeded by Minister of Justice Charles Robberts Swart.
Jansen married Martha Mabel Pellissier in 1912. Both were prominent figures in Afrikaner cultural circles. Jansen was a founder member of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (the "South African Academy for Science and Art") in 1909, of the Saamwerk-Unie ("Co-operation Union") in 1917, of the Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge ("Federation of Afrikaner Cultural Associations") in 1929, and of the Voortrekkers (the Afrikaner equivalent of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides) in 1930, and was master of ceremonies at the laying of the foundation stone of the Voortrekker Monument in 1938 and at its dedication in 1949.
||This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (May 2009)|
- Dictionary of South African Biography Volume V[page needed]
Gideon Brand van Zyl
|Governor-General of South Africa
Lucas Cornelius Steyn