List of colonial governors of Suriname

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Flag of the Governor of Suriname (1966–1975)
Johan Ferrier, the last Governor of Suriname (1968–1975)

This is a list of colonial governors of Suriname. Suriname is a country in northern South America. It borders French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west, Brazil to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. Suriname was first colonized by the British, and captured by the Dutch in 1667, who governed it as Surinam until 1954. The country of Suriname achieved independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 25 November 1975.

List of Colonial Heads of Suriname[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Term Incumbent Notes
English Suzerainty
English settlement at Willoughby
1650 to 1654 Anthony Rowse, Governor
1654 to 27 February 1667 William Byam, Governor
Dutch Suzerainty
Dutch colony
27 February 1667 to 18 October 1667 Maurits de Rama, Governor
18 October 1667 to 3 November 1667 John Harman, Governor
3 November 1667 to 1 February 1668 Samuel Barry, Governor
1668 to 18 June 1669 Abraham Crijnssen, acting Governor
1669 to 1671 Philip Julius Lichtenberg, Governor
1671 to 1677 Pierre Versterre, acting Governor
1677 Abel Thisso, acting Governor
1677 to 1678 Tobias Adriaensen, Governor
1678 to April 1680 Johannes Heinsius, Governor
1680 Everhard van Hemert, acting Governor
1680 to 1683 Laurens Verboom, acting Governor
1683 to 19 July 1688 Cornelis van Aerssen van Sommelsdijck, Governor
1688 to 1689 Abraham van Vredenburgh, acting Governor
1689 to 1696 Johan van Scharphuizen, Governor
14 May 1696 to 2 March 1707 Paulus van der Veen, Governor
2 March 1707 to 27 September 1707 William de Gruyter, Governor
27 September 1707 to 19 January 1710 Francis Anthonie de Rayneval, acting Governor 1st time
19 January 1710 to 28 July 1715 Johan de Goyer, Governor
28 July 1715 to 22 January 1716 Francis Anthonie de Rayneval, acting Governor 2nd time
22 January 1716 to 4 October 1717 Johan de Mahony, Governor
4 October 1717 to 2 March 1718 Francis Anthonie de Rayneval, acting Governor 3rd time
2 March 1718 to 4 September 1721 Jan Coetier, Governor
4 September 1721 to 1 March 1722 Francis Anthonie de Rayneval, acting Governor 4th time
1 March 1722 to 17 September 1727 Hendrik Temminck, Governor-General
17 September 1727 to 9 November 1728 Francis Anthonie de Rayneval, acting Governor-General 5th time
9 November 1728 to 26 January 1734 Karel Emilius Henry de Cheusses, Governor-General
26 January 1734 to 11 December 1734 Johan Fredrik Cornelis de Vries, acting Governor-General 1st time
11 December 1734 to 26 January 1735 Jacob Alexander Henry de Cheusses, Governor-General
26 January 1735 to 4 March 1735 Johan Fredrik Cornelis de Vries, acting Governor-General 2nd time
4 March 1735 to 22 December 1735 Council
22 December 1735 to 11 August 1737 Johan Raye van Brenelerwaard, Governor-General
11 August 1737 to 15 October 1742 Gerrit van de Schepper, Governor-General
15 October 1742 to 23 April 1751 Johan Jacob Mauricius, Governor-General
23 April 1751 to 7 September 1752 Hendrik Ernst baron van Spörcke, acting Governor-General
7 September 1752 to 22 October 1754 Wigbold Crommelin, acting Governor-General 1st time
22 October 1754 to 24 August 1756 Pieter Albert van der Meer, Governor-General
24 August 1756 to 21 January 1757 Jan Nepveu, acting Governor-General 1st time
21 January 1757 to 22 November 1768 Wigbold Crommelin, Governor-General Acting to 20 September 1757, 2nd time
22 November 1768 to 27 February 1779 Jan Nepveu, Governor-General Acting to 8 March 1770, 2nd time
27 February 1779 to 23 September 1783 Bernard Texier, Governor-General
23 September 1783 to 24 December 1784 Wolphert Jacob Beeldsnijder Matroos, acting Governor-General
24 December 1784 to 15 June 1790 Jan Gerhard Wichers, Governor-General
15 June 1790 to 20 August 1799 Juriaan François Frederici, Governor-General Acting to 24 August 1792
British Occupation
20 August 1799 to 4 December 1802 Juriaan François Frederici, Governor-General
Dutch Suzerainty
4 December 1802 to 9 December 1803 Willem Otto Blois van Treslong, acting Governor-General
9 December 1803 to 9 May 1804 Pierre de Berranger, Commissioner-General
British Occupation
9 May 1804 to 15 April 1805 Sir Charles Green, Governor-General
15 April 1805 to 27 September 1808 William Carlyon Hughes, Lieutenant Governor
27 September 1808 to 4 May 1809 Sir John Wardlau Bar, acting Governor-General
4 May 1809 to 8 November 1811 Charles Bentinck, Earl of Bentinck, Chief Commissioner
8 November 1811 to 27 February 1816 Pinson Bonham, acting Governor-General
Dutch Suzerainty
27 February 1816 to 18 July 1816 Willem Benjamin van Panhuys, Governor-General
18 July 1816 to 1 April 1822 Cornelis Reinhard Vaillant, Governor-General
1 April 1822 to 12 October 1827 Abraham de Veer, Governor-General
12 October 1827 to 1 August 1828 Johannes Graaf van den Bosch, Commissioner-General
United with Netherlands Antilles as Dutch West Indies
1 August 1828 to 19 December 1831 Paulus Roelof Cantz'laar, Governor-General
19 December 1831 to 5 June 1838 Evert Ludolph baron van Heeckeren, Governor-General Acting to 6 May 1832
5 June 1838 to 16 July 1839 Philippus de Kanter, acting Governor-General 1st time
16 July 1839 to 31 March 1842 Julius Constantijn Rijk, Governor-General
31 March 1842 to 15 November 1842 Philippus de Kanter, acting Governor-General 2nd time
15 November 1842 to 16 July 1845 Burchard Jean Elias, Governor-General
16 July 1845 to 13 October 1845 Philippus de Kanter, acting Governor-General 3rd time
13 October 1845 to 27 January 1848 Reinier Frederik baron van Raders, Governor-General
Separate colony
27 January 1848 to 1 March 1852 Reinier Frederik baron van Raders, Governor-General
1 March 1852 to 14 June 1852 Philippus de Kanter, acting Governor-General 4th time
14 June 1852 to 22 June 1852 Coenrad Barends, acting Governor-General
22 June 1852 to 25 August 1855 Johann George Otto Stuart von Schmidt auf Altenstadt, Governor-General
25 August 1855 to 11 August 1859 Charles Pierre Schimpf, Governor-General
11 August 1859 to 29 June 1867 Reinhart Frans van Lansberge, Governor-General
29 June 1867 to 1 August 1873 Willem Hendrik Johan van Idsinga, Governor-General
1 August 1873 to 1 November 1882 Cornelis Ascanius van Sypesteyn, Governor-General
1 November 1882 to 30 July 1885 Johannes Herbert August Willem baron van Heerdt tot Eversberg, Governor-General
30 July 1885 to 18 July 1888 Hendrik Jan Smidt, Governor-General
18 July 1888 to 30 January 1889 Warmolt Tonckens, acting Governor-General 1st time
30 January 1889 to 27 June 1891 Maurits Adriaan de Savornin Lohman, Governor-General
27 June 1891 to 12 May 1896 Titus Anthony Jacob van Asch van Wijck, Governor-General
12 May 1896 to 4 October 1902 Warmolt Tonckens, Governor-General 2nd time
4 October 1902 to 12 September 1905 Cornelis Lely, Governor-General
12 September 1905 to 18 November 1905 David Hendrick Havelaar, acting Governor-General
18 November 1905 to 28 February 1908 Alexander Willem Frederik Idenburg, Governor-General
28 February 1908 to 10 August 1908 Pieter Hofstede Crull, acting Governor-General 1st time
10 August 1908 to 30 June 1911 Dirk Fock, Governor-General
30 June 1911 to 14 July 1911 Louis Marie Rollin Couquerque, Governor-General
14 July 1911 to 17 October 1911 Pieter Hofstede Crull, acting Governor-General 2nd time
17 October 1911 to 25 November 1916 Willem Dirk Hendrik baron van Asbeck, Governor-General
25 November 1916 to 25 November 1919 Gerard Johan Staal, Governor-General 1st time
25 November 1919 to 15 July 1920 Lambertus Johannes Rietberg, Governor-General 1st time
15 July 1920 to 16 December 1920 Gerard Johan Staal, Governor-General 2nd time
16 December 1920 to 23 May 1921 Lambertus Johannes Rietberg, Governor-General 2nd time
23 May 1921 to 21 May 1924 Aarnoud van Heemstra, Governor-General 1st time
21 May 1924 to 18 September 1924 Lambertus Johannes Rietberg, Governor-General 3rd time
18 September 1924 to 21 February 1925 Jan Luchies Nysingh, Governor-General
21 February 1925 to 1 April 1928 Aarnoud van Heemstra, Governor-General 2nd time
1 April 1928 to 16 August 1933 Abraham "Bram" Arnold Lodewijk Rutgers, Governor-General
16 August 1933 to 3 January 1944 Johannes Coenraad Kielstra, Governor-General
16 August 1935 to 12 April 1936 Johannes Cornelis Brons, acting Governor-General Acting for Kielstra, 1st time
September 1938 to January 1939 Johannes Cornelis Brons, acting Governor-General Acting for Kielstra, 2nd time
3 January 1944 to 2 August 1948 Johannes Cornelis Brons, Governor-General 3rd time
2 August 1948 to 20 September 1948 Willem Huender, Governor-General
New constitution enters into force
20 September 1948 to 2 December 1949 Willem Huender, Governor-General
2 December 1949 to 15 December 1954 Jan Klaasesz, Governor-General
Autonomous part of The Netherlands, end of colonial status
15 December 1954 to 11 February 1956 Jan Klaasesz, Governor-General
11 February 1956 to 18 March 1963 Jan van Tilburg, Governor-General
19 March 1963 to 22 August 1964 Archibald Currie, Governor-General Acting to 1 May 1963
22 August 1964 to 26 February 1965 François Haverschmidt, acting Governor-General
26 February 1965 to 12 August 1968 Henry Lucien de Vries, Governor-General
12 August 1968 to 25 November 1975 Johan Ferrier, Governor-General
25 November 1975 Independence as Republic of Suriname

For continuation after independence, see: President of Suriname

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