Maurice Princeof Orange
Maurice, Prince of Orange (1567-1625), son of William the Silent, was born at Dillenburg. After his father's death he was elected Stadtholder and, with the aid of the English expedition under
Leicester and Sir Philip Sidney, he beat Spain and gradually won back the Low Countries, which became a free republic in 1609. His endeavours for the good of the country were much hampered by the struggles of parties at home.