Thomas Bastiaan Pleyte

Thomas Bastiaan Pleyte (23 October 1864 in Leiden – 25 March 1926 in The Hague) was a Dutch politician.

Thomas B. Pleyte in 1913

Pleyte was Minister of the Colonies in the cabinet of Pieter Cort van der Linden. He became known as a liberal minister who founded the People's Council in 1916, a move that is widely regarded as the important first step to give the native population of the Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) an equal say in government. Pleyte was fluent in Malay and Javanese.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Colonial Affairs
1913–1916
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Colonial Affairs
1917–1918
Succeeded by