Theodorus Marinus Roest van Limburg

Theodorus Marinus Roest van Limburg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Preceded by Joannes van Mulken
Succeeded by Joannes van Mulken
Envoy to the United States
In office
Chargé d’affaires to Portugal
In office
Personal details
Born (1806-07-08)8 July 1806
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died 3 March 1887(1887-03-03) (aged 80)
Florence, Italy
Isabella Cass
(m. 1858; her death 1879)
Occupation Editor of Arnhemsche Courant

Baron Theodorus Marinus Roest van Limburg or de Limbourg (8 July 1806, Rotterdam 3 March 1887, Florence) was a Dutch journalist, diplomat, and politician.[1]

Early life

He studied law in Liège, Ghent and Leiden (1827-1831).


He worked at the Departments of Colonies and Foreign Affairs. From 1837 till 1841 he served as editor of the liberal newspaper Arnhemsche Courant. His diplomatic career started in 1842, when he was named secretary of the Dutch Legation in Vienna. From 1851-1856 he served as Chargé d’affaires in Lisbon and he became Envoy in Washington,[2] serving from 1856 until 1868.[3][4]

Roest van Limburg became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1868. His tenure as Foreign Minister was marked by the Franco-German War from 1870 to 1871 in the liberal cabinet of Prime Minister Pieter Philip van Bosse.[5] There was little confidence in him in the House of Representatives which led to his resignation, which was honorably granted. After his resignation he lived abroad.

Personal life

On 23 August 1858, Roest van Limburg was married to the American Isabella "Belle" Cass (1805-1879) in Stonington. Elisabeth was the daughter of Elizabeth (née Spencer) Cass and Lewis Cass, who served as governor of the Michigan Territory, U.S. Secretary of War, U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Ambassador to France, and a U.S. Senator.[6]

He died on 3 March 1887 in Florence.


  1. Historical Collections. The Society. 1907. p. 89. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  2. The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, for ... Gray and Bowen. 1861. p. 149. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  3. Message of the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the Third Session of the Thirty-Seventh Congress. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1862. p. 649. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  4. Representatives, United States House of (1863). House Documents. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 649. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  5. Johnson, Andrew (1997). The Papers of Andrew Johnson: April-August 1868. Univ. of Tennessee Press. p. 191. ISBN 9780870499913. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  6. Frémont, Jessie Benton (1993). The Letters of Jessie Benton Frémont. University of Illinois Press. p. 145. ISBN 9780252019425. Retrieved 5 February 2018.

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