Troelstra, Pieter Jelles

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Pieter Jelles Troelstra (pē´tər yĕl´ĕs trōōl´strä), 1860–1930, Dutch Socialist. In 1893 he founded what later became the Sociaaldemocrata, the official Socialist paper, and in 1900 he assumed editorship of his party's daily, the Volk. Opposing the ultraradical wing of the Socialists, Troelstra organized the Dutch Social Democratic Labor party in 1894 and represented it in parliament from 1897 to 1900. He wrote several books on social legislation and his memoirs, Gedenkschriften (1927).