Maarten van der Goes van Dirxland

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Maarten van der Goes

Maarten van der Goes van Dirxland (3 January 1751, The Hague - 10 July 1826, The Hague) was a Dutch politician and government minister. He belonged to the Patriot then moderate party. His son Louis Napoleon van der Goes van Dirxland was also active as a minister.


Van der Goes came from a family of Regenten in the Hague and his father, Adriaan van der Goes, was the town's mayor. Maarten van der Goes entered the diplomatic service in 1785, in which he was sent to Copenhagen, then Madrid from 1793 to 1796. He was then secretary to the second national assembly of the Batavian Republic and became its foreign minister on 8 October 1798. At the end of July 1803, Van der Goes, Gerard Brantsen and Jan Bernd Bicker formed a Batavian deputation sent to Napoleon Bonaparte at Brussels, where Bonaparte was visiting the French departments in what is now Belgium. Van der Goes remained foreign minister until 19 June 1808. During May 1807, he was also the interim minister for justice and the police.

After France's annexation of Holland in 1810, Van der Goes entered the First French Empire's Corps législatif as the representative of the department of Bouches-de-la-Meuse. He was made Grand Treasurer of the Order of the Reunion on 22 February 1813 and a baron de l'Empire on 27 January 1813. Maarten van der Goes returned to the Netherlands on Napoleon's fall and became a faithful supporter of the new king William I of the Netherlands, who ennobled him in 1814 and made him a baron in 1821. Van der Goes entered the Eerste Kamer on 21 September 1815, remaining in it until his death in 1826.

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Preceded by
Alexander Gogel
Agent for Foreign Affairs
8 October 1798 - 1 December 1801
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
1 December 1801 - 19 June 1806
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minister for Foreign Affairs
19 June 1806 - 8 January 1808
Succeeded by
Willem Frederik Röell
Preceded by
Johan Frederik Rudolph van Hooff
Minister for Justice and the Police (interim)
8 May 1807 - 22 May 1807
Succeeded by
Jacob Jan Cambier