Fock, Dirk (1858-1941)
Dirk Fock, a Dutch Mennonite lawyer and statesman, born at Wijk-bij-Duurstede, 19 June 1858, married W. C. C. Doffegnies, earned his degree of LL.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Leiden. He practiced law in Semarang (Java), and served as consul for Austria-Hungary in Batavia. In 1898 he returned to the Netherlands and settled in Rotterdam as adviser on East Indian affairs. Here he was a deacon of the Mennonite congregation. In 1901 he was elected to the local council and the legislature of the province of South Holland. In 1901 he was elected to the Second Chamber of the States-General. In 1905-1908 he was Colonial Minister, and 1908-1911 governor of Surinam. After his return he was chosen to represent Haarlem in the Second Chamber (1913) and in 1917-1920 he was its chairman. In addition he was chairman of the society for the promotion of music. He traveled through China, Japan, and America, and visited Tunisia and Algeria. Many articles from his pen were published in important journals. In 1921-1926 he was Governor General of the Dutch East Indies; during his governorship the Indian population acquired greater influence on public affairs than it had had before. On his return to the Netherlands he was elected a member of the First Chamber, 1929-1935. In 1928 he was appointed Minister of State, an honorary position without rights or duties. He died at The Hague on 18 October 1941.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: I, 659.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 344. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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