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Kees Staf
Kees Staf in 1950
Member of the Senate

In office
9 June 1959 – 20 September 1960
Minister of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food Supplies

In office
22 December 1958 – 19 May 1959
Prime Minister Louis Beel
Preceded by Anne Vondeling
Succeeded by Victor Marijnen
as Minister of Agriculture
and Fisheries

In office
1 January 1958 – 13 January 1958
Ad interim
Prime Minister Willem Drees
Preceded by Sicco Mansholt
Succeeded by Anne Vondeling
Minister of Defence

In office
13 October 1956 – 19 May 1959
Prime Minister Willem Drees (1956–1958)
Louis Beel (1956–1958)
Preceded by Himself
as Minister of War and the Navy
Succeeded by Sidney J. van den Bergh
Minister of Colonial Affairs

In office
18 July 1956 – 16 February 1957
Prime Minister Willem Drees
Preceded by nl (Willem Kernkamp)
Succeeded by Gerard Helders
Member of the House of Representatives

In office
3 July 1956 – 3 October 1956

In office
15 July 1952 – 2 September 1952
Minister of War and the Navy

In office
15 March 1951 – 13 October 1956
Prime Minister Willem Drees
Preceded by Hans s'Jacob
Succeeded by Himself
as Minister of Defence
Personal details
Born Cornelis Staf
(1905-04-23)23 April 1905
Ede, Netherlands
Died 10 September 1973(1973-09-10) (aged 68)
Arnhem, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Historical Union (from 1946)
Spouse(s) Bartha Moll (m. 1931; his death 1973)
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater National Agricultural and Forestry College
(Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Master of Science in Engineering)
Technische Hochschule Breslau
(Master of Engineering)
Occupation Politician · Civil servant · Agronomist · Agricultural engineer · Civil engineer · Economist · Researcher · Businessman · Corporate director · Nonprofit director
Military service
Allegiance  Netherlands
Service/branch Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
Years of service 1928–1929 (Conscription)
1929–1935 (Reserve)
Rank Nl-landmacht-sergeant-wachtmeester.svg Sergeant
Unit Corps of Engineers
Battles/wars Interbellum

Cornelis "Kees" Staf (23 April 1905 – 10 September 1973) was a Dutch politician of the defunct Christian Historical Union (CHU) party now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and businessman.[1]

Staf worked as student researcher at the National Agricultural and Forestry College from June 1926 until July 1928. Staf served in the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army as a Sergeant in the Corps of Engineers stationed in Sawah Besar from December 1928 until December 1929. Staf worked for the land reclamation Dutch Heidemaatschappij Company from December 1929 until January 1941 and served as CEO and Chairman of the board of directors from November 1939 until May 1941 and he also worked as a civil servant for the province of Gelderland from August 1939 until May 1940.

On 24 January 1951 the Cabinet Drees–Van Schaik fell and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity until the cabinet formation of 1951 when it was replaced by the Cabinet Drees I with Staf appointed as Minister of War and the Navy, taking office on 15 March 1951. Staf was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1952, taking office on 15 July 1952. After the cabinet formation of 1952 Staf continued as Minister of War and the Navy in the Cabinet Drees II, taking office on 2 September 1952. After the election of 1956 Staf returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 3 July 1956. Staf was appointed as Minister of Colonial Affairs following the death of nl (Willem Kernkamp) and dual served in both positions, taking office on 18 July 1956. After the cabinet formation of 1956 Staf continued in the post as the newly renamed Minister of Defence in the Cabinet Drees III, taking office on 13 October 1956. On 16 February 1957 Staf resigned as Minister of Colonial Affairs following the appointment of Gerard Helders but continued as Minister of Defence. Staf served as acting Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Supplies following the appointment of Sicco Mansholt as the first European Commissioner from the Netherlands, serving from 1 January 1958 until 13 January 1958. The Cabinet Drees III fell on 11 December 1958 and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity until it was replaced by the caretaker Cabinet Beel II with Staf continuing as Minister of Defence and also took over as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Supplies, taking office on 22 December 1958. In January 1959 Staf announced that he would not stand for the election of 1959. Following the cabinet formation of 1959 Staf per his own request asked not to be considered for a cabinet post in the new cabinet, the Cabinet Beel II was replaced by the Cabinet De Quay on 19 May 1959.

Staf remained in active politics, he became a Member of the Senate after the death of Gualthérus Kolff, taking office on 9 June 1959. In August 1960 Staf announced that he would not stand for the Senate election of 1960 and continued to serve as a backbencher until the end of the parliamentary term on 20 September 1960.

Decorations[edit | edit source]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NED Huisorde van Oranje A2 BAR.png Grand Officer of the Order of the House of Orange Netherlands 11 July 1954
BEL Order of Leopold II - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 8 March 1957
POR Ordem do Merito Comendador BAR.svg Commander of the Order of Merit Portugal 17 November 1957
Ordre de la couronne de Chene GO ribbon.svg Grand Officer of the Order of the Oak Crown Luxembourg 28 April 1958
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 9 June 1959
Legion Honneur GO ribbon.svg Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour France 6 September 1963
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Commander BAR.png Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 30 April 1966

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Staf, Cornelis (1905-1973)" (in nl). Huygens ING. 12 November 2013. http://resources.huygens.knaw.nl/bwn1880-2000/lemmata/bwn3/staf. Retrieved 11 August 2019. 

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Official
Political offices
Preceded by
Hans s'Jacob
Minister of War
and the Navy

1951–1956
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister of Defence
Preceded by
Willem Kernkamp
Minister of Colonial Affairs
1956–1957
Succeeded by
Gerard Helders
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister of War
and the Navy
Minister of Defence
1956–1959
Succeeded by
Sidney J. van den Bergh
Preceded by
Sicco Mansholt
Minister of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food Supplies

1958
Ad interim
1958–1959
Succeeded by
Anne Vondeling
Preceded by
Anne Vondeling
Succeeded by
Victor Marijnen
as Minister of Agriculture
and Fisheries
Business positions
Preceded by
Unknown
COO of the
Dutch Heidemaatschappij Company

1937–1939
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Unknown
CEO and Chairman of the
Board of directors of the
Dutch Heidemaatschappij Company

1939–1941
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Unknown
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Dutch Heidemaatschappij Company

1959–1961
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Unknown
CEO and Chairman of the
Board of directors of the
Dutch Heidemaatschappij Company

1961–1970
Succeeded by
Unknown

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