List of Dutch Americans

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The first Dutch settlers arrived in America in 1624 and founded a number of villages, a town called New Amsterdam and the Colony of New Netherland on the East Coast. New Amsterdam became New York when the Treaty of Breda was signed in 1667. According to the 2006 United States Census, more than 5 million Americans claim total or partial Dutch heritage. Today the majority of the Dutch Americans live in the U.S. states of California, New York, Michigan, Iowa, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

This is a list of notable Dutch Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and Americans of full or partial Dutch ancestry.


Arts and literature

  • Earl W. Bascom (1906–1995), artist, sculptor, inventor, author, known as the "dean of rodeo cowboy sculpture"
  • Edward W. Bok (1863–1930), author, publisher, editor of Ladies Home Journal
  • Willem de Kooning (1904–1997), abstract expressionist painter
  • Peter DeVries (1910–1993), author and editor; wrote Tunnel of Love; editor and staffer for Poetry magazine and The New Yorker
  • Barthold Fles (1902–1989), literary agent, author, editor, translator and publisher
  • Charles Fort (1874–1932), author, wrote Book of the Damned, father of ufology, cryptozoology and critic/satirist of mainstream, dogmatic science
  • Frederick Franck (1909–2006), painter, sculptor, and author of 30 books who was known for his interest in human spirituality
  • Marius Jansen (1922–2000), American academic, historian, and Emeritus Professor of Japanese History at Princeton University.
  • Herman Melville (1819–1891), author and poet, wrote Moby Dick
  • Milton J. Nieuwsma (born 1941), author, film writer and producer
  • Erwin Timmers (born 1964), Dutch-American environmental "green artist", glass sculptor and teacher
  • Raeburn van Buren, magazine and comic strip illustrator best known for his work on the syndicated Abbie an' Slats
  • Edward Stratemeyer, (1862–1930), author
  • Janwillem van de Wetering (1931–2008), Dutch-American author of police procedurals, Zen autobiographies and children's books
  • Philip Van Doren Stern (1900–1984), author
  • Hendrik Willem Van Loon (1882–1944), author, historian and journalist
  • Gloria Vanderbilt (1924–2019), artist and socialite
  • Walt Whitman (1819–1892), poet


Dick Van Dyke
Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart)
Bruce Springsteen


Anderson Cooper


Hoyt Vandenberg


Martin van Buren
Hamilton Fish
Theodore Roosevelt
Arthur Vandenberg
Franklin D. Roosevelt


Cornelius Vanderbilt



Bert Blyleven
Erik Spoelstra


Fictional characters


  • Gertrude Baniszewski, American murderer; Father was of Dutch ancestry
  • Jack Dangermond, founder of ESRI, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software company
  • Alfred Peet (1920–2007), founder of Peet's Coffee and Tea, credited with starting the gourmet coffee revolution in the United States
  • Kiliaen van Rensselaer (Dutch merchant) (fl. 1596–1643), founder and director of the Dutch West India Company and instrumental in the establishment of New Netherland
  • Leslie van Houten, former Manson family serving life sentence for murder