Gerrit Schimmelpenninck

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Gerrit, Count Schimmelpenninck
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1st Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
25 March 1848 – 17 May 1848
Monarch William II
Preceded by None (office established)
Succeeded by Jacob de Kempenaer
Personal details
Born Gerrit Schimmelpenninck
(1794-02-25)25 February 1794
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 4 October 1863(1863-10-04) (aged 69)
Arnhem, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Moderate Liberal/Conservative (no party)
Spouse(s) Henriëtte Euphemia Johanna Stulen (m. 1815, d. 1816)
Johanna Philippina Frederica Carolina Constantina, baroness of Knobelsdorff (m. 1819, d. 1852)
Louise Charlotte Jeannette van Schuylenburch (m. 1855)
Children 8
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Businessman
Religion Dutch Reformed Church

Gerrit, Count Schimmelpenninck (25 February 1794, in Amsterdam – 4 October 1863, in Arnhem) was a Dutch businessman and statesman, whose views ranged from liberal 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 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.

Political offices
First Prime Minister of the Netherlands
1848
Succeeded by
Jacob de Kempenaer