Andries de Graeff (1611 - 1678)

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Birthplace: Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
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About Andries de Graeff

Free Imperial Knight Andries de Graeff (Amsterdam, February 19, 1611 – November 30, 1678) was a very powerful member of the Amsterdam branch of the De Graeff - family during the Dutch Golden Age. He became a mayor of Amsterdam and a powerful Amsterdam regent after the death of his older brother Cornelis de Graeff. Like him and their father Jacob Dircksz de Graeff he opposed the house of Orange. In the mid 17th century he controlled the finances and politics.

Andries de Graeff followed in his father and brothers footsteps and, between 1657 and 1672, was appointed mayor some seven times. De Graeff was a member of a family of regents who belonged to the republican political movement also referred to as the ‘state oriented’, as opposed to the Royalists. Andries was called the last regent and mayor from the dynastie of the "Graven", who was powerful and able enough to ruled the city of Amsterdam.

De Graeff was also an Ambachtsheer (Lord of the manor) from Urk en Emmeloord, during the late 1650s chief councillor of the Admiralty of Amsterdam, chief landholder of the Watergraafsmeer and dijkgraaf van Nieuwer-Amstel.

Together with his broether Cornelis De Graeff became an illustrious Patron and Art collector.


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Andries de Graeff's Timeline

February 19, 1611
Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
October 30, 1646
Age 35
March 19, 1650
Age 39
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
March 7, 1651
Age 40
The Hague, The Hague, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
December 7, 1652
Age 41
The Hague, The Hague, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
November 30, 1678
Age 67
Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands