Johannes van den Bosch

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Portrait by Cornelis Kruseman, ca. 1829.

Johannes, Count van den Bosch (February 2, 1780 – January 28, 1844) was a Dutch Officer and politician who served as Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, commander of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army, Minister of Colonies and Minister of State. He was officer in the Military William Order.


Van den Bosch was born in Herwijnen on 2 February 1780. He arrived in Java in 1797 as a lieutenant, but was quickly promoted to colonel. He departed in 1810, because of differences with Governor-General Daendels. After his return to Holland in November 1813, Van den Bosch agitated for the return of the House of Orange.

He was recommissioned in the army as a Colonel and made Commander of Maastricht. He later became a Major General. Van den Bosch helped found the Society for the Founding of Poor Colonies and was especially associated with the Colony of Frederiksoord.

In 1827, he became the commissary general and was sent back to Jakarta, where he was made Governor-General in 1830. Van den Bosch returned to the Netherlands five years later and took over the governing of the colony. He retired voluntarily in 1839, when he was elevated to the noble rank of Count and made Minister of State on December 25 of that year. Van den Bosch died on January 1844 at his estate in The Hague.


  • 17 June 1835: elevated into the Dutch nobility with the title of Baron
  • 25 December 1839: created Count (Dutch: Graaf)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leonard du Bus de Gisignies
Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Succeeded by
Jean Chrétien Baud
Dutch nobility
New creation Count van den Bosch
Succeeded by
Johannes Hendrik Willem van den Bosch