Theo de Meester

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His Excellency
Theo de Meester
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Chairman of the Council of Ministers
In office
17 August 1905 – 12 February 1908
Monarch Wilhelmina
Preceded by Abraham Kuyper
Succeeded by Theo Heemskerk
Personal details
Born Theodoor Herman de Meester
(1851-12-16)16 December 1851
Harderwijk, Netherlands
Died 27 December 1919(1919-12-27) (aged 68)
The Hague, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Josina Parker
Children 3
Occupation Politician

Theodoor Herman "Theo" de Meester (16 December 1851 – 27 December 1919) was a Dutch politician of the Liberal Union who served as Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Finance from 1905 to 1908.

De Meester was the son of Gerrit Abraham de Meester (1817–1864), who had been a member of the House of Representatives for the Zwolle constituency from 1862 to 1864. A former administrator in the Dutch East Indies, De Meester's cabinet was inaugurated on 17 August 1905. It consisted of five Liberal, two Free-minded Democratic, and two non-partisan ministers. It had no majority in either of the two Dutch chambers, and earned the nickname "Porcelain Cabinet". His government first resigned in December 1906, when the defence budget for 1907 was rejected by the Senate. That resignation was refused by Queen Wilhelmina, but the government fell in December 1907, when the Dutch parliament disapproved the defence budget for 1908. The government remained as a demissionary government until 12 February 1908.


Political offices
Preceded by
Abraham Kuyper
Chairman of the Council of Ministers
Succeeded by
Theo Heemskerk
Preceded by
Jan Harte van Tecklenburg
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Maximilien Kolkman
House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Preceded by
Zadok van den Bergh
Member for Den Helder
Succeeded by
Pieter Oud
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hendrik Goeman Borgesius
Leader of the Liberal Union
in the House of Representatives

Succeeded by
Eduard Ellis van Raalte