Marthinus Theunis STEYN

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African politician

South AfricanBorn Marthinus Theunis STEYN

South African lawyer, politician, and statesman, sixth and last president of the independent Orange Free State

Born on October 02, 1857 in Winburg, Orange Free State

Died on November 28, 1916 in Bloemfontein, Union Of South Africa

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The Steyn family farmed near Winburg on the farm Josephinesdal. Steyn was born on 2 October 1857 on the farm Rietfontein near Winburg in the Orange Free State. His father Marthinus (known as Marthinus 'blinkstewels') was away from home, after the death of his own father, to assist his mother. This was around trip of three months from Winburg to Swellendam in the Cape Colony. As Cecilia, Steyn's mother was pregnant with Marthinus Theunis, they thought it saver for her to stay with her sister Gertruida, that was married to Theunis Wessels, which farmed on Rietfontein. Steyn was meant to be named only Marthinus after his father, but because of the good care that Theunis and Gertruida took during Cecilia's pregnancy, Steyn was called both after his father Marthinus and his uncle Theunis. In later years his family always called him Theunis.

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