Hilgard Muller

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Hilgard Muller
Hilgard Muller (1964).jpg
Hilgard Muller (1964)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
9 January 1964 – 1 April 1977
Preceded by Eric Louw
Succeeded by Pik Botha
South African Ambassador to Great Britain
In office
Personal details
Born (1914-05-04)4 May 1914
Died 10 July 1985(1985-07-10) (aged 71)
Political party National Party
Alma mater University of Oxford
Occupation Lawyer

Hilgard Muller, DMS (4 May 1914 – 10 July 1985)[1] was a South African politician of the National Party, Mayor of Pretoria in 1953–1955, elected an MP in 1958, appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs[2] after the resignation of Eric Louw in 1964. He relinquished both posts in 1977. Studying at the University of Pretoria, he obtained a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, earning a doctorate in law. Practicing law in Pretoria, he was elected to Pretoria city council in 1951, becoming Mayor of the city two years later. He relinquished his city council seat in 1957, being elected to House of Assembly the following year for Pretoria East. He chose not to run for his seat again in 1961, instead being appointed South African ambassador in London, but returned to parliament in 1964 immediately to be appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Muller retired to private life in 1977 and was succeeded by Frederik Roelof "Pik" Botha, who kept the post until multi-racial elections in 1994.


  1. ^ "Index Mp-Mz". Rulers.org. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Political Leaders: South Africa". Terra.es. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Eric Louw
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Pik Botha
Academic offices
Preceded by
Charles te Water
Chancellor of the University of Pretoria
Succeeded by
Alwyn Schlebusch