Pieter Cort van der Linden

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His Excellency
Pieter Cort van der Linden
Pieter Cort van der Linden.jpg
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
29 August 1913 – 9 September 1918
Preceded byTheo Heemskerk
Succeeded byCharles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
Personal details
BornPieter Wilhelm Adriaan Cort van der Linden
(1846-05-14)14 May 1846
The Hague, Netherlands
Died15 July 1935(1935-07-15) (aged 89)
The Hague, Netherlands
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Joanna van Wickenburg (d. 1874)
Johanna de Koning

Pieter Wilhelm Adrianus Cort van der Linden (14 May 1846 – 15 July 1935) was a Dutch statesman who served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 29 August 1913 to 9 September 1918.

He was the last Prime Minister to lead a liberal cabinet and the last liberal to be Prime Minister until Mark Rutte in 2010 (92 years later). However, the First Rutte cabinet only held a minority in the House of Representatives. One of Cort van der Linden's major achievements was maintaining Dutch neutrality during World War I, although personally he was pro-German.

He also introduced universal suffrage in the Netherlands in what is nowadays known as the Pacification of 1917. Because of this, the Social Democratic Workers' Party and the General League of Roman Catholic Caucuses won the 1918 elections. The Catholic Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck took Cort van der Linden's place as Prime Minister.



  • Minderaa, J.T. (1979), "Linden, Pieter Wilhelm Adrianus Cort van der (1846-1935)", Biografisch Woordenboek van Nederland, 1, retrieved 2008-03-13
Political offices
Preceded by
Willem van der Kaay
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Jan Loeff
Preceded by
Theo Heemskerk
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck
Prime Minister of the Netherlands