Herman Adriaan van Karnebeek

Jonkheer Herman Adriaan van Karnebeek (21 August 1874 – 29 March 1942) was a Dutch politician. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1918 and 1927 and, in that capacity, as President of the Assembly of the League of Nations from 1921 until 1922.[1]

His father was jhr. mr. Abraham van Karnebeek (1836-1925), a conservative liberal politician, who also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 1885 to 1888.

Herman Adriaan van Karnebeek studied law at the University of Utrecht. A conservative liberal like his father, he served as Mayor of the Hague (1911-1918) before the staunchly pro-German Van Karnebeek became Minister of Foreign Affairs on 9 September 1918 in the first cabinet of jhr. Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck. He continued serving as Foreign Minister in the first cabinet of dr. Hendrik Colijn. He eventually resigned when his concept treaty with Belgium was rejected by a parliamentary majority on 1 April 1927. From 1936 till his death in 1942 he served as chairman of the Carnegie Foundation.

He died on 29 March 1942, aged 67, in The Hague.

Private life

Van Karnebeek was married to Barones Adriana J.C. van Wassenaar van Rosande. One of his four sons, jhr. Maurits Pieter Marie van Karnebeek (1908-1985), was the mayor of Zwolle from 1940 to 1944.

In 1923 he bought the estate De Eese. As of 2013, the estate is still the property of the Van Karnebeek family. From 1889 onwards, he was a cricket-player for The Hague cricket club HCC.



  1. Assembly Meeting Time Magazine retrieved May 16, 2008
  2. Royal Decree of 1925/-Mémorial du centenaire de l'Ordre de Léopold. 1832-1932. Bruxelles, J. Rozez, 1933.
Political offices
Preceded by
Emile Claude, Baron Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh
Mayor of The Hague
Succeeded by
Jacob Adriaan Nicolaas Patijn
Preceded by
John Loudon
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Frans Beelaerts van Blokland
Preceded by
Emile Claude, Baron Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh
King's Commissioner in South Holland
Succeeded by
Robert van Genechten
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Paul Hymans
Presidents of the Assembly of the League of Nations
Succeeded by
Agustín Edwards Mac-Clure

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