Jan Heemskerk

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Jan Heemskerk
16th and 19th Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
23 April 1883 – 20 April 1888
Monarch William III
Preceded by Constantijn Theodoor van Lynden van Sandenburg
Succeeded by Æneas Baron Mackay
In office
27 August 1874 – 3 November 1877
Monarch William III
Preceded by Gerrit de Vries
Succeeded by Jan Kappeyne van de Coppello
Personal details
Born Jan Heemskerk Abrahamszoon
(1818-07-30)30 July 1818
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 9 October 1897(1897-10-09) (aged 79)
The Hague, Netherlands
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Anna Maria Heemskerk
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Remonstrant

Jan Heemskerk Abrahamszoon (30 July 1818 – 9 October 1897) was a Dutch politician, who became the prime minister of the Netherlands in 1874 until 1877, and again in 1883, until 1888. His son, Theo Heemskerk was also prime minister, in the period 1908-1913.


Heemskerk was born in Amsterdam in 1818. He studied law and became a lawyer, then a member of the House of Representatives. Originally he was a liberal politician, but became conservative, and was conservative when he was prime minister. He died in The Hague in 1897 at the age of 79.

Published works[edit]

Heemskerk's published works include

  • De praktijk onzer grondwet. 2 vols. (Utrecht: J. L. Beijers, 1881.)
  • Speciminis inauguralis de Montesquivio pars prior [-altera]. 2 vols. (Amstelodami: J.H. et G. van Heteren, 1839.)