Jacob de Kempenaer

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Jacob de Kempenaer
2nd Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
21 November 1848 – 1 November 1849
Monarch William II
Preceded by Gerrit Schimmelpenninck
Succeeded by Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
Personal details
Born Jacobus Mattheüs de Kempenaer
(1793-07-06)6 July 1793
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 12 February 1870(1870-02-12) (aged 76)
Arnhem, Netherlands
Spouse(s) Arnoldina Jacoba Gerlings
Children 6
Religion Dutch Reformed Church

Jacobus Mattheüs de Kempenaer (6 July 1793, in Amsterdam – 12 February 1870, in Arnhem) was a lawyer and politician in Arnhem, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Commerce, a Member of the Board of Arnhem and a Member of the Provincial States of Gelderland.

In the House of Representatives de Kempenaer was considered a liberal, and in 1844 he was among the nine men who initiated the amendment to the Constitution of the Netherlands. De Kempenaer was appointed to the Constitution Commission headed by Johan Rudolph Thorbecke in 1848, and as Minister of the Interior and de facto Prime Minister he played an important role in the creation of the revision of the Constitution. Having resigned his offices in 1849, de Kempenaer subsequently became a conservative, in opposition to Thorbecke.


De Kempenaer was married in Haarlem on August 19, 1818 to Arnoldina Jacoba Gerlings (1796-1871). They had three sons and three daughters.


Nederland's Patriciaat, 39 ('s-Gravenhage 1953), 155. NP

Political offices
Preceded by
Lodewijk Caspar Luzac
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Johan Rudolph Thorbecke
Preceded by
Count Schimmelpenninck
Prime Minister of the Netherlands