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Johan Schroderus Skytte af Duderhof

Birthplace: Nyköping, Sweden
Death: Died in Söderåkra (H)
Immediate Family:

Son of Bengt Nilsson Skräddare and Anna Andersdotter
Husband of Maria Jakobsdotter Näf
Father of Vendela Kyle (Skytte af Duderhof); Anna Johansdotter Skytte af Duderhof; Maria Johansdotter Skytte af Duderhof; Johan Johansson Skytte af Duderhof; Bengt Johansson Skytte af Duderhof and 4 others
Brother of Brita (Birgitta) Bengtsdotter Skytte; Lars Bengtsson Skytte af Sätra; Ericus Benedicti Schroderus; Christina Bengtsdotter and Margaretha Bengtsdotter Skytte
Half brother of Nils Bengtsson

Occupation: Riksråd friherre, Lärare till den blivande kungen Gustaf II Adolf och Lars Bengtsson, ståthållare Stlhm, uppsala
Managed by: Christer Lyrholm
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About Johan Schroderus Skytte af Duderhof

Ståthållare, informator åt Gustaf II Adolf, ägare till Grönsö slott. Johan Skytte (Nyköping, 1577 – Söderåkra, 15 March 1645) was a Swedish politician.

Skytte was son of the Mayor of Nyköping, Bengt Nilsson Skräddare. While attending school in his home town and for the nine years he was studying at foreign universities, he used the surname Schroderus, a Latinised form of the German Schröder - his father's surname - which means "tailor".

Already at his return from his foreign studies in 1602, he was hired as tutor of the young Prince Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, the future king, and was ennobled the following year, taking the name Skytte after an extinct noble family from which he claimed descent on the maternal side.

He was sent to London in 1610 on a diplomatic mission, an attempt to seek the hand of Elizabeth Stuart, the daughter of James I for the young prince. In 1611, he was made governor of Vestmannia, in 1617 a high councillor and in 1622 chancellor of Uppsala University, which he remained until his death. Skytte participated in drafting the 1617 Coronation Oath of king Gustav Adolf.

Having in 1624 been created a baron (friherre), receiving the barony of Tuutarhovi in Ingria, Livonia, which had just been added to the Swedish Realm, and in 1629 appointed Governor-General of Livonia, Ingria and Karelia, he was in 1632 appointed chancellor of the new Academia Gustaviana (University of Tartu), in addition to his Uppsala chancellorship, and made plans for a new appellate court in Tartu (in today Estonia). In 1632, Skytte returned from Livonia and was in 1634 made president of the Göta appellate court (Göta hovrätt) in Jönköping.

The same year he became chancellor of Uppsala University, 1622, Skytte donated the Skyttean professorship of Eloquence and Government to the university. His own house in Uppsala, the originally medieval building called the Skytteanum, is still used by Department of Government; the professor skytteanus/skytteana has his/her residence in an apartment in the house. Since 1995, the Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University awards an annual prize in Political Science (see Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science).

Of the several schools in Sweden named after Skytte, one was actually founded on the initiative of Johan Skytte, the Skyttean school (Skytteanska skolan) which was established in Lycksele in Lapland in 1631, but moved to Tärnaby in 1867. Because of this contribution to education in the relatively under-developed northern Sweden, the Royal Skyttean Society in Umeå was named after him when it was established in 1956. He was parent to the famous Vendela Skytte.

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Johan Schroderus Skytte af Duderhof's Timeline

May 1577
Nyköping, Sweden
October 15, 1606
Age 29
November 8, 1607
Age 30
December 8, 1608
Age 31
Age 32
September 8, 1611
Age 34
Age 34
Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sverige
September 30, 1614
Age 37
June 29, 1616
Age 39