Jacobus Johannes Fouché
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Jacobus Johannes Fouché
|State President of South Africa|
10 April 1968 – 9 April 1975
|Preceded by||Jozua François Naudé|
|Succeeded by||Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs|
|Minister of Defence|
14 December 1959 – 1 April 1966
6 June 1898|
|Died||23 September 1980
Born in the Boer republic of the Orange Free State (which became a British colony in 1902 and a province of the Union of South Africa in 1910), Fouché was a successful farmer. A staunch republican, he was a member of the National Party for many years.
Fouché served as Administrator of the Orange Free State from 1950 to 1959, and was then promoted to the Cabinet, where he served as Minister of Defence from 14 December 1959 to 1 April 1966 and as Minister of Agricultural Technical Services and Water Affairs from 1966 to 1968. He was elected State President in place of Dr Eben Dönges (who had been elected, but died before he could take office), and served as ceremonial head of state from 1968 to 1975. He was the only State President to serve his full seven-year term of office, as well as having the second-longest presidency to date (after Thabo Mbeki, who surpassed him on 14 June 2006).
Fouché married Letta Rhoda ('Lettie') McDonald. They had a son, Dr. Jacobus Johannes ('Bux') Fouché, who married Cornelia Jacoba Redelinghuys ('Coreen') Louw. Bux Fouché served as ambassador in The Hague, Netherlands from 1964–1967. He died on 2 October 1982, leaving behind his wife and two sons, Jacobus Johannes ('Jimmy') Fouché and Jacobus Adriaan Louw ('Koos') Fouché.
Jimmy Fouché married Jacoba Elizabeth de Villiers ('Elsabé') Loubser, they have three children: Herculina Johanna ('Hanneline') Fouché (married to Eduard Wium ('Eduard') Mostert), Cornelia Jacoba ('Coreen') Fouché (married to Hendrik van der Merwe ('Merwe') Scholtz) and Jacobus Johannes ('Bux') Fouché. Koos Fouché married Edé Janse van Rensburg and have two children: Jeanne Fouché and Jacobus Johannes ('James') Fouché.
- "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". Scientaria Militaria 12 (2): 92. 1982.
Jozua François Naudé
|State President of South Africa
Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs
|Minister of Defence (South Africa)
Pieter Willem Botha
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