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Willem Drees

Willem Drees (July 5, 1886-May 14, 1988) was a Dutch politician, prime minister of the Netherlands from 1948 until 1958, as a member of the socialist PvdA party.

Born in Amsterdam, Drees was known as Vadertje Drees ("Father Drees"), and was very popular. During his office as a prime minister, the Netherlands recovered from the Second World War de-colonisation took place. Drees also held the cabinet postition of Minister of State in 1959. He died in The Hague in 1988.

Interestingly, Drees wasn't the only centenarian Prime Minister. There are four in total. They are listed here in order of age:

(Centenarian Prime Ministers)

Antoine Pinay of France:(1891-1994) 102 years

Naruhiko Higashikuni of Japan:(1887-1990) 102 years

Willem Drees of the Netherlands:(1886-1988)101 years

Christopher Hornsrud of Norway:(1859-1960)101 years



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