Julius Constantijn Rijk
Rijk has been associated with the navy all his life . He volunteered there in 1799 and ended his career in the Navy as Vice-Admiral . He came from a humble background and, through self-study, developed into a respected hydrograph and naval officer. He was adjutant to several vice-admirals, director of pilotage and commander of naval training in Medemblik . Membership with the Freemasons is credited with making his career go so well. Rijk was governor of Suriname for three years and minister of the navy under Wilhelm II . Even after the liberal turnaround of 1848 (including amendment of the Basic Law, the Netherlands became a constitutional monarchy) he retained his ministerial post in the Schimmelpenninck cabinet and in the De Kempenaer / Donker Curtius cabinet for some time. After the “April Movement” of 1853 he was elected as a member of the Conservatives to MP in The Hague.
|SURNAME||Rijk, Julius Constantijn|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Governor of Suriname|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 13, 1787|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Wetzlar|
|DATE OF DEATH||May 2, 1854|
|Place of death||The hague|