Herman Adriaan van Karnebeek

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Herman Adriaan van Karnebeek.

Jonkheer Herman Adriaan van Karnebeek (21 August 1874, The Hague – 29 March 1942, The Hague) was a Dutch politician. He was Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs and president of the League of Nations from 1921 until 1922.[1]

His father was jhr. mr. Abraham van Karnebeek (1836-1925), a conservative liberal politician, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (1885-1888).

Herman Adriaan van Karnebeek studied law at the University of Utrecht. A conservative liberal like his father, he served as Mayor of the Hague (1911-1918) before the staunchly pro-German Van Karnebeek became Minister of Foreign Affairs on 9 September 1918 in the first cabinet of jhr. Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck. He continued serving as Foreign Minister in the first cabinet of dr. Hendrik Colijn. He eventually resigned when his concept treaty with Belgium was rejected by a parliamentary majority (1 April 1927). From 1936 till his death in 1942 he served as chairman of the Carnegie Foundation.

He died on 29 March 1942, age 67, in the Hague.

Private life[edit]

Van Karnebeek was married to Barones Adriana J.C. van Wassenaar van Rosande. One of his four sons, jhr. Maurits Pieter Marie van Karnebeek (1908-1985), was Mayor of Utrecht (1940-1944).

In 1923 he bought the estate De Eese. As of 2013, the estate is still the property of the Van Karnebeek family. From 1889 onwards, he was a cricket-player for the Hague cricket club HCC.


  1. ^ Assembly Meeting Time Magazine retrieved May 16, 2008