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Abraham Pruijs van der Hoeven
Dutch colonial governor
Died when: 77 years 283 days
Star Sign: Aries
Abraham Pruijs van der Hoeven (Leiden, 30 March 1829 - Brussels, 7 January 1907) was a governor of Nanggröe Aceh Darussalam a northern region of the island of Sumatra. Van de Hoeven was born in Leiden in 1829. He first went to sea as a cabin boy in 1845, but had risen to the rank of mate by 1852. He undertook training to be a colonial official in 1854. in 1856 he was serving in Sumatra and in 1858 he led an expedition. In 1870 he was assistant resident in Benkoelen and in 1873 he was resident in Palembang. From February to October 1880 he was a joint commissioner with looking at the area of Sumatra called Aceh. This report argued for the pacification of this troublesome area and he was appointed governor in 1881. However the area erupted and he left in March 1883. In 1886, he served on the Dutch Council for India, but retired in 1893. He died in Brussels in 1907 after retiring to Europe.