Francis William Reitz

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Synopsis:

Journalist, Advocate, President of the Orange Free State Appeal Court. President of the Orange Free State

First name: 
Francis
Last name: 
Reitz
Date of birth: 
1844
Location of birth: 
Swellendam, Cape Colony
Date of death: 
1934

Francis William Reitz was born in Swellendam in 1844. He became an advocate and from 1874 was the President of the Orange Free State Appeal Court. He became President of the Orange Free State in 1889. 

He was a journalist who worked on the Cape Argus. He wrote topical and satirical poems in English, Dutch and early Afrikaans. His publications include: Klaas Gezwint en Zyn Paert and Other Songs and Rijmpies of South Africa (1884), and Oorlogs en Ander Gedichten (1910).


References:
• Howcroft, P. (undated). “South Africa Encyclopaedia: Prehistory to the year 2000, unpublished papers with SA History Online.

Last updated : 02-Oct-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011