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van Raalte, Eduard Ellis


VAN RAALTE, EDUARD ELLIS (1841–1921), Dutch lawyer and statesman. Born in The Hague, after his academic studies he became a solicitor in Rotterdam, where in 1877 he joined the city council as a Liberal member, serving as an alderman in the period from 1892 to 1897. From 1885 to 1901 he was a member of the Liberal Union Party, of which he became chairman in 1907. Twice he served as a member of Parliament, namely, in the periods 1897 to 1905 and 1913 to 1918. In the De Meester administration (1905–08) he was minister of justice; in 1907 he initiated the Labor Contracts Act that bears his name. That same year an attempt was made against his life by a malcontent musician. Van Raalte was appointed Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion.


Onze Afgevaardigden, bevattende portretten en biographieën der leden van de Eerste en Tweede Kamer der Staten Generaal (1897; 1901; 1905; 1913).

[Peter Manasse (2nd ed.)]

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