Jacob de Kempenaer

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Jacob de Kempenaer
Chairman of the Council of Ministers
In office
21 November 1848 – 1 November 1849
MonarchWilliam II
Preceded byGerrit Schimmelpenninck
Succeeded byJohan Rudolph Thorbecke
Personal details
Jacobus Mattheüs de Kempenaer

(1793-07-06)6 July 1793
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died12 February 1870(1870-02-12) (aged 76)
Arnhem, Netherlands
Spouse(s)Arnoldina Jacoba Gerlings

Jacobus Mattheüs de Kempenaer (6 July 1793 – 12 February 1870) was a Dutch politician and lawyer who served as Chairman of the Council of Ministers from November 1848 to November 1849. He served as a member of the House of Representatives, chairman of the board of Commerce for Arnhem, a member of the city board, and a member of the Provincial States of Gelderland.

Initially in the House of Representatives, de Kempenaer was considered a liberal. In 1844, he was among nine men to propose amending 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. He soon became de facto Prime Minister, playing an important role in the revision of the national Constitution. He resigned his offices in 1849 and subsequently became a conservative, opposing Thorbecke.


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


  • Nederland's Patriciaat, 39 ('s-Gravenhage 1953), 155. NP
  • "Mr. J.M. de Kempenaer". Parlement & Politiek (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 June 2018.
House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Preceded by
Jasper Leemans
Member for Tiel
Succeeded by
Willem van Lidth de Jeude
Political offices
Preceded by
Lodewijk Caspar Luzac
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Johan Rudolph Thorbecke