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Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
General CR de Wet
State President of the Orange Free State
Acting
In office
30 May 1902 – 31 May 1903
Preceded by Martinus Theunis Steyn
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born 7 October 1854 (1854-10-07)
Smithfield, Orange Free State
Died 3 February 1922 (1922-02-04) (aged 67)
Dewetsdorp, Orange Free State Province, Union of South Africa
Nationality Afrikaner
Spouse(s) Cornelia Margaretha Krüger
Profession Farmer, Boer general, politician
Military service
Nickname(s) The Fighting General
Allegiance  South African Republic (1880–1881, 1914)
 Orange Free State (1899–1902)
Years of service 1880–1881, 1899–1902, 1914
Rank First Boer War
  • Commandant

Second Boer War

  • Burger (Outbreak)
  • Acting commandant (October 1899)
  • Veggeneraal (December 1899)
  • Head General Boer Forces (February 1900)
Commands Natal and Transvaal Kommandos
Battles/wars Second Boer War
  • Sanna's Post
  • Reddersburg

Maritz Rebellion

  • Battle of Mushroom Valley

Christiaan Rudolf de Wet (7 October 1854 – 3 February 1922) was a Boer general, rebel leader and politician.

Born on the Leeuwkop farm, in the district of Smithfield in the Boer Republic of the Orange Free State, he later resided at Dewetsdorp, named after his father, Jacobus Ignatius de Wet.

Rudyard Kipling's 1903 poem Ubique mentions de Wet. De Wet was a close personal friend of Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), who commissioned a statue of him in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in the Netherlands.

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