Charles Theodore Te Water

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Charles Theodore Te Water
Charles Theodore Te Water 1933.jpg
President of the Assembly of the League of Nations
In office
Preceded by Paul Hymans
Succeeded by Rickard Sandler
Personal details
Born (1887-02-04)4 February 1887
Graaff-Reinet, Cape Province
Died 6 June 1964(1964-06-06) (aged 77)
Cape Town

Charles Theodore Te Water (4 February 1887 – 6 June 1964) was a South African barrister, diplomat and politician who was appointed as President of the Assembly of the League of Nations.[1]


Born in Graaff-Reinet, Cape Province, on 4 February 1887, the son of Dr Thomas Te Water, a South African doctor and politician, Charles Te Water was educated at Bedford School and at Christ's College, Cambridge.[2][3] He became a barrister of the Inner Temple in 1910, and was a member of the Pretoria bar between 1910 and 1929. He represented Pretoria for the National Party in the Union Parliament between 1924 and 1929, and was High Commissioner for the Union of South Africa in London between 1929 and 1939. He was the Union of South Africa's delegate to the League of Nations between 1929 and 1939, and was appointed as President of the Assembly of the League of Nations between 1933 and 1934. He was Ambassador at large for South Africa between 1948 and 1949.[4] Te Water was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Wits University in 1955.[5]

Chancellor of the University of Pretoria between 1949 and 1964, Charles Te Water died in Cape Town on 6 June 1964, at the age of 77.[6]


  1. ^ Assembly Meeting Time Magazine retrieved May 16, 2008
  2. ^ Digby, Anne (2007). "Medicine, Race and the General Good: The Career of Thomas N G Te Water (1857–1926), South African Doctor and Medical Politician". Med Hist. 51 (1): 37–58. doi:10.1017/s0025727300000880. PMC 1712363free to read. PMID 17200696. 
  3. ^ Peile, John (25 September 2014). Biographical Register of Christ's College, 1505–1905. Cambridge University Press. p. 878. ISBN 978-1-107-42606-1. 
  4. ^ "te WATER, Charles Theodore". Who Was Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. April 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-13 – via Oxford University Press. 
  5. ^ "Honorary Degrees". Wits University. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  6. ^ Obituary, The Times, 9 June 1964

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Paul Hymans
President of the League of Nations
Succeeded by
Rickard Sandler
Academic offices
Preceded by
Hendrik van der Bijl
Chancellor of the University of Pretoria
Succeeded by
Hilgard Muller