He was the 4th president of the South-African Republic from 1872 to 1877.
Born 15 April 1834 and died 09 December 1881.
The South African Republic’s first coins—the famous Burgerspond—was introduced in 1874.
The 1905 New International Encyclopaedia describes Burgers policies as president as ” characterised by brilliant but impracticable schemes, aiming chiefly at territorial expansion”.
By 1877, Burgers was very unpopular and his government was insolvent.
He ended his days disheartened and in poverty. His body was disinterred in 1895, to be reburied in the Pretoria cemetery now known as the Heroes Acre.