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History: Persons: 15 Mayors Kolff

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Wouter Kolff Veenendaal(From De Colve XVIII, 2013) Being present at the installation of Wouter Kolff (CBCB XVIIIp4, image) as mayor of Veenendaal in November 2012 I was asked by several guests how many of the Kolffs had been a mayor? I suspected, then, that this number was something like five. Later that evening, once I got home I got curious and went to check. I ended up counting 15 mayors Kolff, Wouter being the 15th. The overview below indicates whom of the Kolffs have been mayors. It is sorted ion the genealogical order.

At Deil a full dynasty of Kolffs have been mayor. Often they were part of the civil society in other functions as well. The tragic fate of Willem marinus Kolff, taken away by the Germans to die later in a concentration camp is described further at this website. (Biographies: Persons: Deil: Willem Marinus). The same can be said about the mayors on the island of Wieringen. Here Louis Chalres Sr. was asked back to become mayor again to assist the interned German Crown Prins after WWI. His son succeeds him and will be mayor, after an intermission during WWII, for over thirty years. During his time Wieringen gets connected to the mainland of Holland by a dike, and is no longer an island. It will also be connected to Friesland by the Afsluitdijk. At the southern side of the island new land, named Wieringermeer, is gained from the sea (History: Persons: Twice Louis Charles).

On the island of Goeree-Overflakkee at Stad aan 't Haringvliet, not far from Middelharnis, the town almost all living Kolffs have their roots, a number of generations Kolff are mayor. In these communities the family Kolff belong to the notable families. It maybe worth mentioning here that most of them have constantly been active in different functions - being paid or not-paid - for the benifit of the population.

Marius Kolff (CBCD XVIIIw4)
(text from article in De Colve XVIII, 2013, and the image is of Wouter Kolff, who was installed as Mayor of Veenendaal in November 2013)
Genealogy   Name   Born Died   Mayor* From To   Note
A XIIIa   Gualtherus Kolff   1775 1846   Deil 1811 1835   1
AA XIVa   Willem Marinus Kolff   1810 1868   Deil 1836 1868   6
AA XIVa3   Gualtherus Martinus Kolff   1840 1879   Deil 1868 1879   6
AC XVd   Mr Marius Kolff   1848 1931   Deil 1880 1913    
AC XVIIIp4   Willem Marinus Kolff   1882 1944   Deil 1914 1942   2
AC XVIIb   Mr George Justinus Kolff   1913 2000   Deil (en Beesd) 1945 1974    
B XVe   Mr Adriaan Dirk Hendrik Kolff   1862 1921   Brouwershaven 1888 1890    
      Schoonhoven 1893 1901    
B XVf   Louis Charles Kolff   1867 1922   Wieringen 1896 1902    
      Wieringen 1920 1922   6
B XVIf   Louis Charles Kolff   1893 1970   Wieringen 1922 1942   3
      Wieringen 1945 1958    
C Xc   Cornelis Kolff   1685 1759   Maassluis 1746 1747    
CBCA XVIIn   Mr Benjamin Kolff   1902 1982   Vlissingen 1946 1967    
CBCB XVIIIp4   Anthony Wouter Kolff   1976     Veenendaal 2012      
CC XIIg   Lambertus Kolff   1749 1823   Middelharnis 1817 1823   6
CCA XIIIh   Lambertus Kolff van Oosterwijk   1779 1836   Stad aan 't Haringvliet 1825 1836   4, 6
CCA XIVq   Lambertus C.C. Kolff van Oosterwijk   1820 1877   Stad aan 't Haringvliet 1843 1877   5, 6
      Den Bommel (erbij) 1859 1877   6


1. initially 'maire'
2. dismissed by occupying forces and carried off
3. dismissed by occupying forces, later reappointed
4. succeeded by son in law
5. succeeded brother in law
6. mayor until deceased
* many titles can apply depending on the historical context (mayor, maire, burgomaster; the functions' contents counts)