Theodorus Marinus Roest van Limburg

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Theodorus Marinus Roest van Limburg (8 July 1806, Rotterdam – 3 March 1887, Florence) was a Dutch journalist, diplomat, and politician.

He studied law in Liège, Ghent and Leiden (1827-1831). He worked at the Departments of Colonies and Foreign Affairs. From 1837 till 1841 he served as editor of the liberal newspaper Arnhemsche Courant. His diplomatic career started in 1842, when he was named secretary of the Dutch Legation in Vienna. From 1851-1856 he served as Chargé d’affaires in Lisbon and he became Envoy in Washington, serving from 1856 till 1868.

Roest van Limburg became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1868. His tenure as Foreign Minister was marked by the Franco-German War (1870-1871). After his resignation he lived abroad. He died on 3 March 1887 in Florence.

Roest van Limburg was married (Stonington, 23 August 1858) to Elisabeth Cass, daughter of Lewis Cass who was governor of the Michigan Territory, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, ambassador to France, and a U.S. Senator.

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