Victor Marijnen

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Victor Marijnen
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Victor Marijnen in 1963
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
24 July 1963 – 14 April 1965
MonarchJuliana
DeputyBarend Biesheuvel
Preceded byJan de Quay
Succeeded byJo Cals
Mayor of The Hague
In office
16 October 1968 – 5 April 1975
Preceded byHans Kolfschoten
Succeeded byFrans Schols
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
27 April 1965 – 14 January 1966
In office
2 July 1963 – 24 July 1963
Parliamentary groupCatholic People's Party
Minister of Social Affairs and Health
In office
3 July 1961 – 17 July 1961
Ad interim
Prime MinisterJan de Quay
Preceded byCharles van Rooy
Succeeded byGerard Veldkamp
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
In office
19 May 1959 – 24 July 1963
Prime MinisterJan de Quay
Preceded byKees Staf
Succeeded byBarend Biesheuvel
Personal details
BornVictor Gerard Marie Marijnen
(1917-02-21)21 February 1917
Arnhem, Netherlands
Died5 April 1975(1975-04-05) (aged 58)
The Hague, Netherlands
Cause of deathHeart attack
NationalityDutch
Political partyCatholic People's Party
Spouse(s)
Mini Schreurs
(m. 1944; his death 1975)
Children4 sons and 2 daughters
Alma materRadboud University Nijmegen
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Nonprofit director

Victor Gerard Marie "Vic" Marijnen (21 February 1917 – 5 April 1975) was a Dutch politician of the defunct Catholic People's Party (KVP) now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 24 July 1963 until 14 April 1965.

Marijnen a Civil servant by occupation, he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1941 until 1957. Marijnen became General-Secretary of the Roman Catholic employers' organizations in the Netherlands in 1957. Marijnen was asked to become Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries after the Dutch general election of 1959 in the De Quay cabinet under Prime Minister Jan de Quay of his own party. Marijnen took office as the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries on 19 May 1959. Marijnen served as acting Minister of Social Affairs and Health from 3 July 1961 until 17 July 1961 following the resignation of Charles van Rooy. He served a short period as a Member of the House of Representatives from 2 July 1963 until 24 July 1963. After the Dutch general election of 1963, Marijnen became Prime Minister of the Netherlands, leading the Marijnen cabinet.

After his premiership, Marijnen remained in active politics and became again a Member of the House of Representatives from 27 April 1965 until 14 January 1966. He later became Mayor of The Hague serving from 16 October 1968 until his death from a heart attack on 5 April 1975.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Victor Gerard Marie Marijnen was born in Arnhem on 21 February 1917. In 1941 he graduated in law from the Radboud University Nijmegen and went on to work in the accountancy divisions of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. In 1945 he was seconded to the Council for the Restitution of Legal Rights.

In 1949 Marijnen became secretary of the Agricultural Society and in 1951 Secretary-General of the Foreign Agricultural Trade Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. From 1957 he was secretary of the General Catholic Employers Association and the Catholic Federation of Employers Associations.

Accusations regarding paedophile priests[edit]

In 1956 Marijnen was chairman of a children's home in Gelderland where children, including Henk Heithuis, were sexually abused by priests. According to the Telegraph newspaper, reporting in March 2012, he "intervened to have prison sentences dropped against several priests convicted of abusing children."[2] The Dutch Catholic Church organised the castration of Heithuis while he lived at the Gelderland children's home in 1956 after he reported being sexually abused to the police.[2]

Politics[edit]

In the De Quay cabinet, Marijnen was Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 24 July 1963 until 14 April 1965.

From 1965 to 1966 Marijnen was a member of the House of Representatives and concurrently chairman of the Board of the Rijnmond Authority. In 1967 he was also appointed chairman of the Post and Telecommunications Council. On 16 October 1968 he was selected Mayor of The Hague.

Marijnen died on 5 April 1975 in The Hague, while serving as Mayor from a heart attack at the age of 58.

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Grand Officer BAR.png Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 20 April 1965

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Dutch) Marijnen, Victor Gerard Marie (1917-1975) Resources Huygens ING, 12 November 2013
  2. ^ a b "Dutch Roman Catholic Church 'castrated at least 10 boys'". Telegraph. Retrieved March 19, 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kees Staf
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
1959–1963
Succeeded by
Barend Biesheuvel
Preceded by
Charles van Rooy
Minister of Social Affairs and Health
Ad interim

1961
Succeeded by
Gerard Veldkamp
Preceded by
Jan de Quay
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
1963–1965
Succeeded by
Jo Cals
Minister of General Affairs
1963–1965
Preceded by
Hans Kolfschoten
Mayor of The Hague
1968–1975
Succeeded by
Frans Schols