Jan van Aartsen

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Jan van Aartsen, 22 July 1963

Johannes ("Jan") van Aartsen (15 September 1909 in Amsterdam – 2 April 1992 in Vlissingen), was a Dutch politician.


Van Aartsen was a lawyer in The Hague and a member of the Anti Revolutionary Party. He became minister of Transportation and Water Management of the Netherlands in November 1958, at the end of the fourth cabinet of Prime Minister Willem Drees. From 1959 to 1963 he was minister of Housing and the Construction Industry in the cabinet-De Quay. Under Prime Minister De Quay's successor Victor Marijnen, Van Aartsen returned to the post of Transportation and Water Management. In 1965, Van Aartsen was appointed Queen's Commissioner of the province of Zeeland, where he would remain until 1974.

Personal life

He was the father of Jozias van Aartsen, who became foreign minister of the Netherlands in 1998. He died at age 82 in 1992 and is buried at Zorgvlied cemetery.

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