Piet de Jong

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His Excellency
Piet de Jong
Parliamentary leader of the Catholic People's Party in the Senate
In office
May 11, 1971 – September 17, 1974
Preceded by Jan Niers
Succeeded by Jan Teijssen
Member of the Senate
In office
May 11, 1971 – September 17, 1974
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
April 5, 1967 – July 6, 1971
Monarch Juliana
Deputy Johan Witteveen
Joop Bakker
Preceded by Jelle Zijlstra
Succeeded by Barend Biesheuvel
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
January 7, 1970 – January 14, 1970
Prime Minister Piet de Jong
Preceded by Leo de Block
Succeeded by Roelof Nelissen
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
February 23, 1967 – April 5, 1967
Minister of Defence
In office
July 24, 1963 – April 5, 1967
Prime Minister Victor Marijnen (1963-1965)
Jo Cals (1965-1966)
Jelle Zijlstra (1966-1967)
Preceded by Sim Visser
Succeeded by Willem den Toom
State Secretary for Defence
In office
June 25, 1959 – July 24, 1963
Serving with Michael Calmeyer
Prime Minister Jan de Quay
Preceded by Harry Moorman
Succeeded by Adri van Es
Personal details
Born Petrus Jozef Sietze de Jong
April 3, 1915 (1915-04-03) (age 99)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Catholic People's Party
(1959-1980)
Spouse(s) Anneke Bartels
(m. 1947-2010; her death)
Children Maria (born 1948)
Jos (born 1949)
Gijs (born 1952)[1]
Residence The Hague, Netherlands[2]
Alma mater Royal Netherlands Naval College
Occupation Politician
Naval officer
Religion Roman Catholicism
Military service
Nickname(s) Little Piet
Her Majesty's own garden gnome
Allegiance The Netherlands
Service/branch Royal Netherlands Navy
(Royal Netherlands Navy Submarine Service)
Years of service 1934-1959
(Reserve from 1959-1963)
Rank Captain Captain
Commands HNLMS O 24
HNLMS De Zeeuw
HNLMS Gelderland
Battles/wars World War II

Cold War

Awards Order of Orange-Nassau
(Knight Grand Cross)
Bronze Cross (2)
Distinguished Service Cross
Medal for Order and Peace
War Memorial Cross
Aide-de-camp Queen Juliana
(1955-1958)
Chief of staff Inspector General of the Navy Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld (1955-1958)

Petrus Jozef Sietse "Piet" de Jong (born April 3, 1915) is a retired Dutch politician. He is for the Catholic People's Party (KVP) now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).

Early life[change | change source]

Petrus Josef Sietse de Jong was born on April 3, 1915 in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands Province of Gelderland. He studied at the Royal Netherlands Navy as a midshipman in 1931 and soon attended the Royal Netherlands Naval College in Den Helder.

Career[change | change source]

He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from April 5, 1967 until July 6, 1971.[3][4]

De Jong is known for his dry wit and quick remarks. His abilities as a team leader were greatly admired. The Cabinet De Jong was the first cabinet after World War II that completed a full term without any internal conflicts.[1]

Personal life[change | change source]

de Jong was married to Anneke Bartels from 1947 until her death in 2010. They had three children. He now lives at The Hague.

Longevity[change | change source]

As of 2014, he is the oldest and earliest serving former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and the oldest living state leader at the age of 99. Over forty years after he left office, De Jong continues to comment on political affairs as an elder statesman.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brouwer, Jan Willem; van Merriënboer, Johan (2001). Van buitengaats naar Binnenhof: P.J.S. de Jong, een biografie. Sdu Uitgevers. ISBN 9789012087742 . http://books.google.nl/books?id=oNJoAAAAMAAJ&q=Piet+de+Jong&dq=Piet+de+Jong&hl=nl&sa=X&ei=z4EVUdr-J8SS0QW6p4DIAQ&ved=0CFIQ6AEwBw. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  2. (Dutch) Pietje, Reformed Political Party, October 3, 2010
  3. (Dutch) ‘De oorlog was de oorzaak van geduvel in ’68’, NRC Handelsblad, May 10, 2008
  4. (English) Piet de Jong AKA Petrus Jozef Sietze de Jong, NNDB, May 6, 2006
  5. (Dutch) De putschisten zijn onder ons, De Groene Amsterdammer, October 28, 2005

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Piet de Jong at Wikimedia Commons