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State President of the Orange Free State

State President of the Orange Free State
Staatspresident van de Oranje Vrijstaat
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Martinus Theunis Steyn, last State President of the Orange Free State
Style His Excellency
Appointer Volksraad of the Orange Free State
Formation April 18, 1854
First holder Josias Philip Hoffman
Final holder Martinus Theunis Steyn
Abolished May 31, 1902

This is a list of State Presidents of the Orange Free State.

State Presidents of the Orange Free State (1854–1902)

# President Portrait Tenure Notes
1 Josias Philip Hoffman
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24 February 1854 – 10 February 1855 President of the Provisional Government (24 February 1854 – 29 March 1854)
President of the Volksraad (29 March 1854 – 15 April 1854)
Acting President of the Orange Free State (15 April 1854 – 13 September 1854)
1st State President of the Orange Free State (13 September 1854 – 10 February 1855)
Jacobus Johannes Venter
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10 February 1855 – 27 August 1855 Provisional President of the Orange Free State (10 February 1855 – 15 February 1855)
Chairman of the Executive Committee (15 February 1855 – 27 August 1855)
2 Jacobus Nicolaas Boshoff
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27 August 1855 – 6 September 1859 2nd State President of the Orange Free State
Esaias Reynier Snijman
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6 September 1859 – 8 February 1860 Acting State President of the Orange Free State
3 Marthinus Wessel Pretorius
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8 February 1860 – 17 June 1863 3rd State President of the Orange Free State
Joseph Allison
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18 March 1863 – 17 June 1863 Acting State President of the Orange Free State (acting for absent Pretorius)
Office vacant
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17 June 1863 – 20 June 1863 The office of State President was vacant between 17 June 1863 when the Volksraad accepted the resignation of Pretorius and 20 June 1863 when Venter was sworn in.
Jacobus Johannes Venter
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20 June 1863 – 2 February 1864 Acting State President of the Orange Free State
4 Sir Johannes Henricus Brand, GCMG
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2 February 1864 – 14 July 1888 4th State President of the Orange Free State
Pieter Jeremias Blignaut
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14 July 1888 – 10 January 1889 Chairman of the Executive Council (14 July 1888 – 21 August 1888)
Acting State President of the Orange Free State (21 August 1888 – 10 January 1889)
5 Francis William Reitz
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10 January 1889 – 11 December 1895 5th State President of the Orange Free State
Pieter Jeremias Blignaut
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11 December 1895 – 4 March 1896 Acting State President of the Orange Free State
6 Martinus Theunis Steyn
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4 March 1896 – 31 May 1902 6th State President of the Orange Free State
Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
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29 May 1902 – 31 May 1902 Acting State President of the Orange Free State

Last election

Candidate Votes %
Martinus Theunis Steyn 6,877 83.4
John G. Fraser 1,367 16.6
Total 8,244 100
Source: South African History Online

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