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Willem Jacob "Molly" Geertsema II (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪləm ˈjaːkɔp ˈmɔli ˈɣeːrtsəmaː]; 18 October 1918 – 27 June 1991) was a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and jurist.[1]

Molly Geertsema
Molly Geertsema 1985 (1).jpg
Molly Geertsema in 1985
Member of the Senate
In office
13 September 1983 – 23 June 1987
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Queen's Commissioner of Gelderland
In office
1 December 1973 – 1 November 1983
MonarchJuliana (1973–1980)
Beatrix (1980–1983)
Preceded byHugo Bloemers
Succeeded byMatty de Bruijne
Minister for Suriname and
Netherlands Antilles Affairs
In office
1 January 1973 – 11 May 1973
Prime MinisterBarend Biesheuvel
Preceded byPierre Lardinois
Succeeded byGaius de Gaay Fortman
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
6 July 1971 – 11 May 1973
Serving with Roelof Nelissen
Prime MinisterBarend Biesheuvel
Preceded byJohan Witteveen
Joop Bakker
Succeeded byDries van Agt
Minister of the Interior
In office
6 July 1971 – 11 May 1973
Prime MinisterBarend Biesheuvel
Preceded byHenk Beernink
Succeeded byGaius de Gaay Fortman
Leader of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy
In office
1 October 1969 – 1 July 1971
DeputyRoelof Zegering Hadders
Preceded byEdzo Toxopeus
Succeeded byHans Wiegel
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
In office
1 October 1969 – 6 July 1971
Preceded byEdzo Toxopeus
Succeeded byHans Wiegel
In office
24 July 1963 – 12 March 1966
Preceded byEdzo Toxopeus
Succeeded byEdzo Toxopeus
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Mayor of Wassenaar
In office
1 February 1961 – 10 April 1971
Preceded bySweder van Wijnbergen
Succeeded byKarel Staab
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
28 May 1973 – 9 November 1973
In office
7 February 1973 – 5 May 1973
In office
20 March 1959 – 6 July 1971
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Mayor of Warffum
In office
1 January 1953 – 1 January 1957
Preceded byTekke Nabring
Succeeded bySimon de Waard
Personal details
Born
Willem Jacob Geertsema II

(1918-10-18)18 October 1918
Utrecht, Netherlands
Died27 June 1991(1991-06-27) (aged 72)
Wassenaar, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1948)
Other political
affiliations
Freedom Party (1947–1948)
Spouse(s)
Adolfine Schoonenberg
(m. 1947; his death 1991)
RelationsJohan Herman Geertsema
(great-grand father)
Willem Jacob Geertsema I
(grand father)
ChildrenJohan Herman Geertsema (1949–2000)
Hero Omko Geertsema (1952–1952)
Omko Oesebrand Geertsema (1953–2012)
Alexander Cornelis Geertsema
(born 1955)
Alma materLeiden University
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Legal educator · Author · Lobbyist · Activist

Geertsema worked as legal educator in Leiden from 1947 until 1953. Geertsema was appointed as Mayor of Warffum, serving from 1 January 1953 until 1 January 1957. He worked as a civil servant for the Ministry of the Interior as Director-General of the department for Public Sector Organisations, serving from 1 January 1957 until 20 March 1959. Geertsema was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1959, he served in the House of Representatives from 20 March 1959 until 6 July 1971. In January 1961 Geertsema was nominated as Mayor of Wassenaar, he remained a Member of the House of Representatives and dual served in those positions, serving from 1 February 1961 until 10 April 1971. After the election of 1963 the new Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives Edzo Toxopeus opting to remain Minister of the Interior in the Cabinet Marijnen and selected Geertsema as his successor as his Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives and naming him as his Deputy, taking office on 24 July 1963. The Cabinet Marijnen fell on 27 February 1965 and was replaced by the Cabinet Cals on 14 April 1965. Edzo Toxopeus subsequently returned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 21 September 1965 but asked Geertsema to remain as Parliamentary leader until 12 March 1966. In September 1969 Edzo Toxopeus unexpectedly announced he was stepping down as Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and Parliamentary leader. Toxopeus resigned as Leader and Parliamentary leader on 1 October 1969 and was succeeded Geertsema in both positions.

For the election of 1971 Geertsema was the Lijsttrekker (top candidate) of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. The People's Party for Freedom and Democracy suffered a small loss, losing 1 seat and now had 16 seats in the House of Representatives. The following cabinet formation resulted in a coalition agreement between the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, the Catholic People's Party (KVP), the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP), the Christian Historical Union (CHU) and the Democratic Socialists '70 (DS'70) which formed the Cabinet Biesheuvel I with Geertsema announcing he was stepping down as Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy on 1 July 1971 in favor of Hans Wiegel. Geertsema was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior taking office on 6 July 1971. The Cabinet Biesheuvel I fell just one year later on 19 July 1972 and was replaced by the caretaker Cabinet Biesheuvel II with Geertsema continuing as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, taking office on 9 August 1972. Following the appointed of Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs Pierre Lardinois as the next European Commissioner Geertsema took over as Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs on 1 January 1973. Following the election of 1972 Geertsema returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, serving from 7 February 1973 until 5 May 1973 and again from 28 May 1973 until 9 November 1973. In November 1973 Geertsema was nominated as the next Queen's Commissioner of Gelderland. He resigned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 9 November 1973 and was installed as Queen's Commissioner, serving from 1 December 1973 until 1 November 1983. Geertsema was elected as a Member of the Senate after the Senate election of 1983, serving from 13 September 1983 until 23 June 1987.

Following the end of his active political career, Geertsema occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director for supervisory boards in the business and industry world and several international non-governmental organizations and research institutes (Heineken N.V., DSM, Campina, RDM and the Netherlands Atlantic Association) and as an advocate, lobbyist and activist for LGBT rights and served on several state commissions on behalf of the government.

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 16 August 1972
  Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 8 June 1973 Elevated from Knight (10 December 1970)
  Commander of the Legion of Honour France 1 October 1973
  Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 10 November 1983 Elevated from Officer (10 June 1978)
Awards
Ribbon bar Awards Organization Date Comment
  Honorary Member People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
14 March 1975

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Geertsema, Willem Jacob (1918-1991)" (in Dutch). Huygens ING. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

External linksEdit

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Edzo Toxopeus
Parliamentary leader of the
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
in the House of Representatives

1963–1966
1969–1971
Succeeded by
Edzo Toxopeus
Succeeded by
Hans Wiegel
Leader of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy

1969–1971
Preceded by
Edzo Toxopeus
1967
Lijsttrekker of the People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

1971
Succeeded by
Hans Wiegel
1972
Political offices
Preceded by
Tekke Nabring
Mayor of Warffum
1953–1957
Succeeded by
Simon de Waard
Preceded by
Sweder van Wijnbergen
Mayor of Wassenaar
1961–1971
Succeeded by
Karel Staab
Preceded by
Johan Witteveen
Deputy Prime Minister
1971–1973
Served alongside: Roelof Nelissen
Succeeded by
Dries van Agt
Preceded by
Joop Bakker
Preceded by
Henk Beernink
Minister of the Interior
1971–1973
Succeeded by
Gaius de Gaay Fortman
Preceded by
Pierre Lardinois
Minister for Suriname and
Netherlands Antilles Affairs

1973
Preceded by
Hugo Bloemers
Queen's Commissioner of Gelderland
1973–1983
Succeeded by
Matty de Bruijne
Civic offices
Preceded by
Unknown
Director-General of the
Department for Public
Sector Organisations
of the Ministry of the Interior

1957–1959
Succeeded by
Unknown