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Jacobus Johannes ('Jim') Fouché (1898-1980) served as the second State President of South Africa from 1968 to 1975.

Born in the Boer republic of the Orange Free State (which became a British colony in 1902 and a province of the Union of South Africa in 1910), Fouché was a successful farmer. A staunch republican, he was a member of the National Party for many years.

Fouché served as Administrator of the Orange Free State from 1954 to 1959, and was then promoted to the Cabinet, where he served as Minister of Defence from 1959 to 1966 and as Minister of Agricultural Technical Services and Water Affairs from 1966 to 1968. He was elected State President in place of Dr Eben Dönges (who had been elected, but died before he could take office), and served as ceremonial head of state from 1968 to 1975. He was the only State President to serve his full seven-year term of office.

Fouché married Alletta McDonald. They had a son, Dr JJ Bux Fouché, who married Coreen Louw. Bux Fouché died on 2 October 1982, leaving behind his wife and two sons, Jim and Koos.

Preceded by
Jozua François Naudé
State President of South Africa
1968–1975
Succeeded by
Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs
Preceded by
Frans Erasmus
Minister of Defence (South Africa)
1959–1966
Succeeded by
Pieter Willem Botha
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