Johan de Witt

Johan de Witt Statue of Johan de Witt at Buitenhof, The Hague. Made by Fre Jeltsema in 1916.

Johan de Witt (Dordrecht, September 24, 1625 – The Hague, August 20, 1672), lord of Zuid and Noord Linschoten Snelrewaard, Hekendorp and IJsselmeer Vere, was nineteen years pensionary of the county of Holland in the Golden Age and therefore the most important politician of the Dutch Republic.

He was also a gifted mathematician, who is considered one of the founders of insurance mathematics. Johan was, together with his brother Cornelis, murdered and cruelly maimed by Orangists. The murder is one of the most memorable in national history.

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