DIEKEMA, Gerrit John, a Representative from Michigan; born in Holland, Ottawa County,
Mich., on March 27, 1859; attended the common schools; was graduated from Hope
College, Holland, Mich., in 1881 and from the law department of the University
of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1883; was admitted to the bar and commenced
practice in Holland in 1883; city attorney; member of the State house of
representatives 1885-1891, serving as speaker in 1889; mayor of Holland in
1895; chairman of the Michigan Republican State central committee 1900-1910;
delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1896; member of the Spanish
Treaty Claims Commission from 1901 until he resigned in 1907; elected April 27,
1907, as a Republican to the Sixtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by
the resignation of William Alden Smith; reelected to the Sixty-first Congress
and served from March 17, 1908, to March 3, 1911; unsuccessful candidate for
reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law in
Holland, Mich.; manager of the Republican Speakers Bureau in Chicago in 1912;
chairman of the Republican State central committee in 1927; appointed United
States Minister to the Netherlands by President Hoover on August 20, 1929, and
served until his death in The Hague, Netherlands, December 20, 1930; interment
in Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Holland, Mich.
Bibliography Schrier, William.
Gerrit J. Diekema, Orator; A Rhetorical Study of the Political and
Occasional Addresses of Gerrit J. Diekema. Grand Rapids, Mich.:
Eerdmans, 1950; Vander Hill, Charles Warren.
Gerritt J. Diekema. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1970.