Johan de Witt

1625 - 1672

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Johan de Witt (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjoːɦɑn də ˈʋɪt]; 24 September 1625 – 20 August 1672), lord of Zuid- en Noord-Linschoten, Snelrewaard, Hekendorp en IJsselvere, was a Dutch statesman and a major political figure in the Dutch Republic in the mid-17th century, the First Stadtholderless Period, when its flourishing sea trade in a period of globalization made the republic a leading European trading and seafaring power – now commonly referred to as the Dutch Golden Age. De Witt controlled the Dutch political system from around 1650 until shortly before his murder and cannibalisation by a pro-Orangist mob in 1672.As a leading republican of the Dutch States Party, de Witt opposed the House of Orange-Nassau and the Orangists and preferred a shift of power from the central government to the regenten. However, his neglect of the Dutch army (as the regents focused only on merchant vessels, thinking they could avoid war) proved disastrous when the Dutch Republic suffered numerous early defeats in the Rampjaar (1672). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johan de Witt has received more than 1,487,097 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Johan de Witt is the 1,379th most popular politician (down from 1,278th in 2019), the 47th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 45th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Politician.

Johan de Witt is most famous for being a Dutch statesman who was assassinated in 1672.

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Among politicians, Johan de Witt ranks 1,379 out of 15,577Before him are Gro Harlem Brundtland, Qin Er Shi, Perseus of Macedon, An Lushan, Süleyman Demirel, and Rodolfo Graziani. After him are Yang Guifei, Mohammed Nadir Shah, Takeda Shingen, Wenceslaus II of Bohemia, George Tupou V, and Urho Kekkonen.

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Among people born in 1625, Johan de Witt ranks 2Before him is Giovanni Domenico Cassini. After him are Paulus Potter, Rasmus Bartholin, John Frederick, Duke of Brunswick-Calenberg, Carlo Maratta, Erik Dahlbergh, Edward, Count Palatine of Simmern, François de Créquy, Gregorio Barbarigo, Samuel Morland, and Pierre Nicole. Among people deceased in 1672, Johan de Witt ranks 3Before him are Heinrich Schütz and John II Casimir Vasa. After him are Franciscus Sylvius, Peter Stuyvesant, Al-Rashid of Morocco, Marie Thérèse of France, Hümaşah Sultan, Adriaen van de Velde, John Wilkins, Marguerite of Lorraine, and Madeleine Béjart.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Johan de Witt ranks 47 out of 1,427Before him are Jan van Riebeeck (1619), Marco van Basten (1964), Thomas Bernhard (1931), André Rieu (1949), Max Euwe (1901), and Willebrord Snellius (1580). After him are Theo van Doesburg (1883), Jacob van Ruisdael (1628), Frank Rijkaard (1962), Christiaan Eijkman (1858), Han van Meegeren (1889), and Ronald Koeman (1963).

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