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South African Barry HERTZOG

born James Barry Munnik HERTZOG

3rd Prime Minister of South Africa

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on April 03, 1866 in Wellington, Cape Colony
Died: on November 22, 1942 in Pretoria, Transvaal Province, Union Of South Africa


Hertzog first studied law at Victoria College in Stellenbosch, Cape Colony. In 1889 he went to the Netherlands to read law at the University of Amsterdam, where he prepared a dissertation on the strength of which he received his doctorate in law on 12 November 1892.

He had a law practice in Pretoria from 1892 until 1895, when he was appointed to the Orange Free State High Court. During the Boer War of 1899–1902 he rose to the rank of general, becoming the assistant chief commandant of the military forces of the Orange Free State. Despite some military reverses, he gained renown as a daring and resourceful leader of the guerilla forces continuing to fight the British. Eventually, convinced of the futility of further bloodshed, he signed the May 1902 Treaty of Vereeniging.

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