Charles Boissevain was born 28 October 1842 and died 5 May 1927 of unspecified causes. He married Emily Héloïse MacDonnell (-) 27 June 1867 in England, United Kingdom.

Charles Boissevain
Born 28 October 1842(1842-10-28)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 5 May 1927 (age 84)
Naarden, Netherlands
Nationality Netherlands Dutch
Occupation newspaper editor and owner
Spouse Emily MacDonnell

Charles Boissevain (28 October 1842 – 5 May 1927) was a journalist, editor and part-owner of the Amsterdam Algemeen Handelsblad, a leading newspaper of the time. From 1872 he was on the editorial board of the literary journal De Gids.


Boissevain's grandfather and father had developed Het Handelsblad as a business newspaper, and he continued in their footsteps. He wrote a daily article in the Handelsblad, "From Day to Day," which the Times called in its obituary a "feature of Dutch journalism" [1]

During the Boer War, he supported the Boer cause in his writings. He published a series of articles on the war, collected as and republished in English translation as The Struggle of the Dutch Republics: A Great Crime. An appeal to the conscience of the British nation. [2] It was subsequently published in German as well.[3]

In 1881, Boissevain paid a visit to the United States and published his impressions in a series of articles in the Handelsblad, afterward republished in book form as From the North to the South.[4]



Boissevain married Emily Héloïse MacDonnell (a granddaughter of Richard MacDonnell, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin) in England on June 27, 1867.


Offspring of Charles Boissevain and Emily Héloïse MacDonnell (-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Charles Ernest Henri Boissevain (1868-1940)
Maria Boissevain (1869-1959)
Alfred Gideon Boissevain (1870-1922)
Robert Walrave Boissevain (1872-1938)
Hester Boissevain (1873-1969)
Olga Emily Boissevain (1875-1949) 1875 1949 Abraham Jacob van Stockum (1864-1935)
Hilda Gerarda Boissevain (1877-1975)
Eugen Jan Boissevain (1880-1949)
Petronella Johanna Boissevain (1881-1956)
Jan Maurits Boissevain (1883-1964)
Catharina Josephina Boissevain (1885-1922).

Three of these children and a grandson migrated to North America. Eugen Jan became an importer of coffee from Java and married two notable 20th Century American women: suffragist Inez Milholland, for whom he moved to New York, and Pulitzer-prizewinning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Robert emigrated to Canada, as did Olga, who married Dutch sea captain and explorer Abraham Jacob van Stockum. Their son, mathematician Willem Jacob van Stockum, discovered solutions of Einstein's equations with closed timelike lines, and their daughter Hilda van Stockum was a well-known artist and author of children's books. In addition, Charles Ernest Henri's son Charles Hercules Boissevain (1893-1946), a doctor, moved to Colorado, where he became a tuberculosis researcher and co-authored the first comprehensive survey of native Colorado cacti.[5]

External links

  1. ^ Obituary, 6 May 1927, The Times, London.
  2. ^ Boissevain, Charles. "The Struggle of the Dutch Republics: (Two Open Letters)." Amsterdam: "Handelsblad" Office, 1900. OCLC 63577769
  3. ^ Boissevain, Charles. Der Streit der holländischen Republiken, ein grosses Verbrechen, von Charles Boissevain. Leipzig: R. Uhlig, 1901. OCLC 457090414
  4. ^ Boissevain, Charles. Van't Noorden naar't Zuiden, Schetsen en indrukken van de Vereenigde Staten van Noord-Amerika, door Charles Boissevain. Haarlem: H. D. Tjeenk Willink, 1881. Translated title: From the North to the South." OCLC 457090415
  5. ^ Boissevain, Charles H., and Carol Davidson. Colorado Cacti: An Illustrated Guide Describing All of the Native Colorado Cacti. Pasadena, CA: The Cactus and Succulent Journal, 1940.


  • Wickevoort Crommelin, Henrick Samuel Maximiliaan van. Charles Boissevain. Mannen en vrouwen van beteekenis in onze dagen, dl. 42, afl. 14. [Haarlem]: Tjeenk Willink, 1912. OCLC 64990376


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
  • Wikipedia (see below)

Robin Patterson

This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Charles Boissevain. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.