Willem Johannes Leyds

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Willem Johannes Leyds
W.J. Leyds by J.P. Veth (1896)
State Attorney of the
South African Republic
In office
13 October 1884 – 10 January 1889
State Secretary of the
South African Republic
In office
10 January 1889 – 31 May 1898
Preceded by W.E. Bok
Succeeded by F.W. Reitz
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
of the South African Republic in Europe
In office
1 June 1898 – 31 May 1902
Preceded by Jhr. G.J.T. Beelaerts van Blokland
Succeeded by Office abolished
Personal details
Born (1859-05-01)1 May 1859
Magelang, Dutch East Indies
Died 14 May 1940(1940-05-14) (aged 81)
The Hague, Netherlands
Alma mater University of Amsterdam
Occupation schoolteacher, civil servant
Profession lawyer
Religion Dutch Reformed

Willem Johannes Leyds (Magelang, Dutch East Indies, 1 May 1859 – The Hague, Netherlands, 14 May 1940) was a Dutch lawyer and statesman, who made a career as State Attorney (1884-1889) and State Secretary (1889-1898) of the South African Republic. From 1898 to 1902, during the crucial period of the South African War, he was the Republic’s Special Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary in Brussels, accredited to several European states.

The former gold rush town of Leydsdorp was named after him.

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