Hendrik Merkus de Kock

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Hendrik Merkus de Kock
Portrait by Cornelis Kruseman
Member of the Senate
In office
1 July 1842 – 12 April 1845
MonarchWilliam II
Minister of the Interior
In office
1 December 1836 – 1 June 1841
MonarchsWilliam I
William II
Preceded byHendrik Jacob, Baron van Doorn
Succeeded byWillem Anne, Baron Schimmelpenninck van der Oye
Personal details
Hendrik Merkus de Kock

(1779-05-25)25 May 1779
Heusden, Dutch Republic
Died12 April 1845(1845-04-12) (aged 65)
The Hague, Netherlands
Parent(s)Johannes Conradus de Kock and Maria Petronella Merkus
Military service
Branch/serviceBatavian Navy

Hendrik Merkus, Baron de Kock (25 May 1779 – 12 April 1845) was a Dutch general and nobleman who served in the Batavian Navy as Lieutenant Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1826 to 1830. He also was Minister of the Interior of the Netherlands from 1836 to 1841.[1]


Hendrik Merkus de Kock was born on 25 May 1779 in Heusden in the Republic of the United Netherlands. His father was Johannes Conradus de Kock, a banker who was guillotined in Paris, and his mother Maria Petronella Merkus.[1]

In 1801, he joined the Batavian Navy, and by 1807 was posted to the Dutch East Indies. In 1821 he commanded a military expedition to Palembang to suppress a local uprising. Later, as Lieutenant Governor-General (1826–1830), De Kock led the fight against Prince Diponegoro in the Java War.[1]

The triumphant commander was declared a baron in 1835, and served in the Dutch Government as Minister of the Interior from 1836 to 1841. He was Minister of State from 1841 to 1845. He remained a member of the First Chamber of parliament until his death. He died in The Hague on 12 April 1845.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "H.M. baron de Kock" (in Dutch). Parlementair Documentatie Centrum. Retrieved 4 October 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by