Floris Adriaan van Hall

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Floris Adriaan, Baron van Hall
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4th and 7th Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
19 April 1853 – 1 July 1856
Monarch William III
Preceded by Johan Rudolf Thorbecke
Succeeded by Justinus Jacob Leonard van Brugghen
In office
23 February 1860 – 14 March 1861
Monarch William III
Preceded by Jan Jacob Rochussen
Succeeded by Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt
Personal details
Born (1791-05-15)15 May 1791
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 29 March 1866(1866-03-29) (aged 74)
The Hague, Netherlands
Political party Moderate; Conservative Liberal
Spouse(s) Pauline Bondt (d. 1845)
Henriëtte Maria Jeanne, Barones Schimmelpenninck van der Oye
Religion Dutch Reformed

Floris Adriaan, Baron van Hall (15 May 1791 - 29 March 1866) was an prominent Dutch nobleman and statesman in the 19th century. He played an important role as representative of the Amsterdam trade and banking sector, and later as politician. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1853 to 1856, and again from 1860 to 1861.

Life[edit]

Van Hall was born in Amsterdam, on 15 May 1791, the oldest of six chidlren. His father was Maurits Cornelis van Hall, who seated in the First Chamber of the States General, and his wife Elisabeth Christina. Van Hall received primary education from a Walloon preacher in Voorburg, after which he attended a Latin school in Amsterdam. From 1808 to 1811, Van Hall attended the Athenaeum Illustre, and, like his father, studied Roman and Contemporary Law at the Leiden University from 7 November 1811 tot 22 January 1812.

After he had graduated, he became a lawyer in his father's firm in Amsterdam, where he was primarily concerned with protecting the interests of trading houses and shipping companies. On 3 July 1832, he succeeded his father in the States of Holland for Meerkerk. After the province's split in 1840, he seated the States of North Holland for Amsterdam. On 1 April 1842, King William II appointed him as the successor to Cornelis Felix van Maanen as Minister of Justice, and on 7 March 1877 as Minister of Finance. From 13 February 1849, he seated in the Second Chamber of the States General for the district of Amsterdam, until he succeeded Johan Rudolf Thorbecke as chairman of Council of Ministers in 1853. On 1 April 1856, King William II gave him the title of Baron, as a token of appreciation for his actions as minister of Foreign Affairs in the Crimean War, where he managed to uphold Dutch neutrality. In 1860 he became chairman of the Council of Ministers once again. He rejected an offer for the appointment to Governor-General of the Dutch East-Indies. He died in The Hague, on 29 March 1866.

Family[edit]

Van Hall's father, the lawyer, notary and attorney Maurits Cornelis van Hall, had seated in the Representative Body of the Batavian Republic from 1798 to 1801, and later seated in the States of Holland and in the First Chamber of the States General. His mother was Elisabeth Christina Klinkhamer. Van Hall was the oldest of six children. After the death of his mother, his father had ten more children with her niece Christina Maria. Van Hall married Alida Paulina (Pauline) Bondt in Amsterdam on 7 July 1815, but she died in 1845. On 30 July 1853, at the age of 62, Van Hall entered a second marriage with Henriëtte Marie Jeanne, Baroness Schimmelpenninck van der Oye. Both marriages remained childless.

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • J.G. Gleichman: Mr. F.A. van Hall als minister, 1904.
  • M.W. Jurriaanse: De Nederlandse ministers van Buitenlandse Zaken 1813-1900.
Political offices
Preceded by
Cornelis Felix van Maanen
Minister of Justice
1842-1844
Succeeded by
Marinus Willem de Jonge van Campensnieuwland
Preceded by
Johan Adriaan van der Heim van Duivendijke
Minister of Finance
1843-1848
Succeeded by
Frederik van Rappard
Preceded by
Leonardus Antonius Lightenvelt
Minister of Roman Catholic service (interim)
1853
Succeeded by
Jacobus Arnoldus Mutsaers
Preceded by
Jacob Pieter Pompejus van Zuylen van Nijevelt
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1853-1856
Succeeded by
Daniël Théodore Gevers van Endegeest
Preceded by
Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
1853-1856
Succeeded by
Justinus van der Brugghen
Preceded by
Elisa Cornelis Unico van Doorn
Minister of Finance (interim)
1854
Succeeded by
Agnites Vrolik
Preceded by
Jan Karel van Goltstein
Minister of Foreign Affairs (interim)
1860
Succeeded by
Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt
Preceded by
Jan Jacob Rochussen
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
1860-1861
Succeeded by
Jacob Pieter Pompejus van Zuylen van Nijevelt
Preceded by
Pieter Philip van Bosse
Minister of Finance
1860-1861
Succeeded by
Johannes Servaas Lotsy