State President of the Orange Free State

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State President of the Orange Free State
Staatspresident van de Oranje Vrijstaat
Coat of Arms of the Orange Free State.svg
Marthinus Theunis Steyn.jpg
Martinus Theunis Steyn, last State President of the Orange Free State
Style His Excellency
Formation September 13, 1854
First holder Josias Philip Hoffman
Final holder Martinus Theunis Steyn
Abolished May 31, 1902

This is a list of State Presidents of the Orange Free State.

List[edit]

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Notes
State Presidents (1854–1902)
1 Josias Philip Hoffman
(1807–1879)
JPHoffman litho web.jpg 24 February 1854 – 10 February 1855 President of the Provisional Government
(until 29 March 1854)
President of the Volksraad
(until 15 April 1854)
Acting State President
(until 13 September 1854)
State President
(since 13 September 1854)
Jacobus Johannes Venter
(1814–1889)
Coat of Arms of the Orange Free State.svg 10 February 1855 – 27 August 1855 Provisional State President
(until 15 February 1855)
Chairman of the Executive Committee
(since 15 February 1855)
2 Jacobus Nicolaas Boshoff
(1808–1881)
JNBoshoff litho web.jpg 27 August 1855 – 6 September 1859
Esaias Reynier Snijman Coat of Arms of the Orange Free State.svg 6 September 1859 – 8 February 1860 Acting State President
3 Marthinus Wessel Pretorius
(1819–1901)
Marthinus Wessel Pretorius.jpg 8 February 1860 – 17 June 1863
Joseph Allison Coat of Arms of the Orange Free State.svg 18 March 1863 – 17 June 1863 Acting State President
Acting for absent Pretorius
Office vacant Coat of Arms of the Orange Free State.svg 17 June 1863 – 20 June 1863 The office of State President was vacant between 17 June 1863 when the Volksraad accepted the resignation of Pretorius and 20 June 1863 when Venter was sworn in.
Jacobus Johannes Venter
(1814–1889)
Coat of Arms of the Orange Free State.svg 20 June 1863 – 2 February 1864 Acting State President
4 Sir Johannes Henricus Brand, GCMG
(1823–1888)
Johannes Brand00.jpg 2 February 1864 – 14 July 1888 Died in office.
Pieter Jeremias Blignaut
(1841–1909)
PJBlignaut CHM VA1075.jpg 14 July 1888 – 10 January 1889 Chairman of the Executive Council
(until 21 August 1888)
Acting State President
(since 21 August 1888)
5 Francis William Reitz
(1844–1934)
WFReitz CHM VA0957.jpg 10 January 1889 – 11 December 1895
Pieter Jeremias Blignaut
(1841–1909)
PJBlignaut CHM VA1075.jpg 11 December 1895 – 4 March 1896 Acting State President
6 Martinus Theunis Steyn
(1857–1916)
Marthinus Theunis Steyn.jpg 4 March 1896 – 31 May 1902
Second Boer War (11 October 1899 – 31 May 1902)
Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
(1854–1922)
Christiaan de Wet.jpg 29 May 1902 – 31 May 1902 Acting State President
Acting for Steyn
Post abolished with the Treaty of Vereeniging
British annexation (Orange River Colony)

Last election[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Martinus Theunis Steyn 6,877 83.4
John G. Fraser 1,367 16.6
Total 8,244 100
Source: South African History Online

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