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About Schalk Willem Burger

Schalk Willem Burger (6 September 1852 – 5 December 1918) was a South African military leader, lawyer, and statesman, and was acting President of the South African Republic from 1900 to 1902, whilst Paul Kruger was in exile.[1]

Schalk Willem Burger[edit] Military serviceHe served in a number of military conflicts such as the Sekhukhune Wars of 1876, and later during the First Boer War of 1881, he served as Acting Field Cornet.

He was elected as Commandant of the Lydenburg Commando in 1885. When the Second Boer War started, he served as Commandant-General in a number of military conflicts, including the Battle of Spion Kop and Battle of Modder River on 30 October 1899.

[edit] Political careerAs a politician, he was described as "enlightened and shrewd" and it was reported that he rivaled Paul Kruger in his influence over his countrymen.[2]

After the Battle of Spion Kop, due to illness, he withdrew from the fighting and pursued his political career once more. He was elected to the Volksraad (House of Assembly) in 1887, later serving as Chairman.

He served as Vice President under President Paul Kruger and later succeeded Kruger as State President, after Kruger had left for Europe.[3]

During the "Krigsraad" (military council / tribunal) in May 1901, he advocated a cessation of hostilities, but his proposal was strongly opposed by President Marthinus Theunis Steyn of the Orange Free State. Burger remained president until the Treaty of Vereeniging on 31 May 1902.

He died in 1918 at Goedgedacht, near Krugerspos.

[edit] References1.^ Nathan, Manfred (1937). The Voortrekkers of South Africa: From the Earliest Times to the Foundation of the Republics. Gordon and Gotch, ltd. 2.^ Burger, Vice President Schalk. 3.^

Acting President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek after Paul Kruger fled the country. Signatory of the Vereeniging Peace Accord.

Senator- General and Vice President


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Schalk Willem Burger's Timeline

August 1, 1852
September 6, 1852
Transvaal, South Africa
February 12, 1854
Age 1
South Africa
March 23, 1854
Age 1
July 1, 1872
Age 19
October 28, 1878
Age 26
January 13, 1880
Age 27
August 13, 1881
Age 28
April 16, 1883
Age 30