Van Houten, Samuel

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van Houten, Samuel Gender: M
born on 17 February 1837 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Groningen, Netherlands, 53n1208, 6e3309
Timezone LMT m6e3309 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 28°35' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 23°28 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 28°07'

Samuel van Houten (1894)
photo: Collectie SPAARNESTAD PHOTO/Fotograaf onbekend, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Dutch liberal politician, who served as Minister of the Interior from 1894 to 1897.

Van Houten studied law at the University of Groningen, obtaining a degree in 1859. He then worked as a lawyer. In 1869, van Houten was first elected to the Second Chamber or lower house of the Dutch parliament for the electoral district Groningen, until he became a minister in 1894 in the cabinet of Joan Röell.

Van Houten introduced a law in 1874, Kinderwetje - van Houten (Child Labour Act), that forbade children younger than 12 years to work as labourers in factories. It was the first social law of the Netherlands. Nonetheless, van Houten who started out as very progressive gradually became more conservative and opposed further social laws and any egalitarianism by the state. On individual issues, he continued to sponsor progressive causes, writing about feminism, prostitution and birth control. He was president of a Neo-Malthusian society in 1888.

Van Houten was the founder of the short-lived Liberal Party. He died on 14 October 1930.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Dorp, Lizzy van (born 5 September 1872)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate n° 156 in the online Groningen archives: "des voormiddags te tien uren" (in the forenoon at ten o'clock) [1].


  • Vocation : Law : Attorney (Lawyer)
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Founder of the Liberal Party)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office