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Brand, Johannes Henricus (Jan Brand)

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Born: 1823 AD
Died: 1888 AD, at 64 years of age.

Nationality: South African
Categories: Politician

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1823 - Born on the 6th of December in Cape Town, South Africa.

1845 - Continuing his studies at Leiden, he took the degree of D.C.L.

1849 - He was called to the English bar from the Inner Temple.

1849-1863 - Practised as an advocate in the supreme court of the Cape of Good Hope.

1858 - He was appointed professor of law in the South African College.

1863 - Because of his support for their republican ideals, he emigrated to the Orange Free State and was elected president of the Orange Free State.

1864 - He resisted the pressure of the Basuto on the Free State boundary, and after vainly endeavouring to induce Moshesh, the Basuto chief, to keep his people within bounds.

1871 - He opposed the British annexation of the town of Kimberley without success.

       - Brand was solicited by a large party to become president of the Transvaal, and thus unite the two Dutch republics of South Africa; but as the project was hostile to Great Britain he declined to do so.

1888 - He died on the 14th of July in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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