Cornelius Hermanus Wessels, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Cornelius Hermanus Wessels

farmer, South African statesman, and diplomat,

Date of Birth: 26-Apr-1851

Place of Birth: Winburg, Free State, South Africa

Date of Death: 01-Mar-1924

Profession: politician

Nationality: South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Cornelius Hermanus Wessels

  • Sir Cornelius Hermanus Wessels (Rietfontein, Winburg, Orange River Sovereignty 26 April 1851 – Bloemfontein, Orange Free State 1 March 1924) was a South African statesman.Wessels stemmed from an important Orange Free State family clan, dedicated to farming and the Boer way of life.
  • Mainly self-educated, he turned to politics in his early thirties.
  • As a member of the Volksraad he developed his skills as a diplomat and mediator, and was involved in many of the important political decisions the Orange Free State had to make in the 1880s and 1890s.
  • In 1896 he was appointed president of the Volksraad. During the South African War (1899–1902), Wessels was first a member of the war cabinet, and later a member of the Joint Diplomatic Delegation of the Boer Republics sent to Europe and the United States to muster support for the Boer cause.
  • After the war Wessels sided with De Wet and Hertzog and became a cabinet minister in the Free State government.
  • In 1915, the colonial government appointed Wessels as administrator of the Orange Free State.
  • He was awarded a knighthood for his services to the state in 1920.

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