Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp

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Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp in front of the Beurs-WTC building in Rotterdam.

Gijsbert Karel, Count van Hogendorp (27 October 1762 – 5 August 1834) was a conservative Dutch statesman. He was the brother of Dirk van Hogendorp the elder and the father of Dirk van Hogendorp the younger.

Van Hogendorp was born in Rotterdam, and went to school in Berlin. In 1785 he attended the University of Leiden, where he majored in law. He was pensionaris, main legal advisor and advocate, of Rotterdam from 1788 to 1795, only to be dismissed for having princely "orange" sympathies after a republican revolt.

He was part of the Driemanschap (Triumvirate) that invited William I of the Netherlands to become Prince of the new independent Netherlands in 1813. He served as Prime Minister from 1813 to 1814, and headed the commission that wrote the Constitution of the Netherlands of 1814.

He was the great-great-great-grandfather of Audrey Hepburn.