Gerrit Schimmelpenninck

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Gerrit, Count Schimmelpenninck
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Chairman of the Council of Ministers
In office
25 March 1848 – 17 May 1848
MonarchWilliam II
Preceded byNone (office established)
Succeeded byJacob de Kempenaer
Personal details
Gerrit Schimmelpenninck

(1794-02-25)25 February 1794
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died4 October 1863(1863-10-04) (aged 69)
Arnhem, Netherlands
Political partyModerate Liberal/Conservative (no party)
civil servant

Gerrit, Count Schimmelpenninck (25 February 1794 – 4 October 1863) was a Dutch businessman and politician, whose views ranged from liberal[specify] to conservative. He was the son of Grand Pensionary Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck and a member of the Dutch Reformed Church.

After other functions, among which chief of the Nederlandsche Handelmaatschappij, he became head of secretary in Saint Petersburg and later in London.

The primary reason of William II to get him to the Netherlands and have him be appointed as Prime Minister of the Netherlands was to keep Thorbecke out of the Council of Ministers. In March 1848 he became Chairman of the Council of Ministers, holding the ministerial offices of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance. His proposal to design a Constitution following British model, which would imply that the Senate could not be dissolved by the King, was rejected by the other ministers. He tendered his resignation on 14 May 1848.


  • "G. (Gerrit) graaf Schimmelpenninck". Parlement & Politiek (in Dutch). Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  • Blok, P.J.; Molhuysen, P.C. (1918). "Schimmelpenninck, Gerrit graaf". Nieuw Nederlandsch biografisch woordenboek. Deel 4. A.W. Sijthoff's Uitgeversmaatschappij. pp. 1223–1225.
Political offices
First Chairman of the Council of Ministers
Succeeded by
Jacob de Kempenaer