Charles Rogier

Charles Rogier
Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
12 August 1847 – 31 October 1852
MonarchLeopold I
Preceded byBarthélémy de Theux de Meylandt
Succeeded byHenri de Brouckère
In office
9 November 1857 – 3 January 1868
MonarchLeopold I
Leopold II
Preceded byPierre de Decker
Succeeded byWalthère Frère-Orban
President of the Chamber of Representatives
In office
1 August 1878 – 13 November 1878
Preceded byXavier Victor Thibaut
Succeeded byJules Guillery
Personal details
Born(1800-08-17)17 August 1800
Saint-Quentin, France
Died27 May 1885(1885-05-27) (aged 84)
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium
Political partyLiberal Party
Alma materUniversity of Liège

Charles Latour Rogier (17 August 1800 – 27 May 1885) was a Belgian liberal statesman and a leader in the Belgian Revolution of 1830. He became Prime Minister of Belgium on two separate occasions: from 1847 to 1852, and again from 1857 to 1868.


Rogier descended from a family settled in the department of the Nord in France. He was born in Saint-Quentin. His father, an officer in the French army, perished in the Russian Campaign of 1812. The family then moved to the Belgian city of Liège, where the eldest son, Firmin, held a professorship. Rogier studied Law at the University of Liège (ULg) and was admitted to the Bar. However, he devoted himself with greater zeal to journalistic campaigns against the Dutch rule in Belgium, established by the Congress of Vienna in 1815. In 1824, in collaboration with his lifelong friends Paul Devaux and Joseph Lebeau, he founded the journal Mathieu Laensberg (afterwards Le Politique). With its ardent patriotism and its attacks on the Dutch administration, the journal soon achieved widespread influence.

On the outbreak of the insurrection at Brussels in August 1830, Rogier went there with a militia of about 300 citizens of Liège. In Brussels he gained recognition as one of the most active among the patriot leaders. He became a member of the provisional government established in October of the same year, and after the election of Leopold I as King in June 1831, he was made Governor of Antwerp. During his first stint as Interior Minister, from 1832 to 1834, he brought into existence the Belgian railway system. From 1840 to 1841 he was Minister of Public Works and Education, and from 1861 to 1868 he served as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Today, one of Brussels' central squares, Charles Rogier Square, is named in is honour.




  • Discailles, Ernest (1830). Charles Rogier (1800-1885), d'après des documents inédits (in French). J. Lebègue.

See also


  1. ^ http://www.ars-moriendi.be/ROGIER.HTM
  2. ^ http://www.ars-moriendi.be/ROGIER.HTM
  3. ^ Almanach royal officiel: 1875 p137
  4. ^ Almanach royal officiel: 1875 p137
  5. ^ http://www.ars-moriendi.be/ROGIER.HTM
  6. ^ Almanach royal officiel: 1875 p137
  7. ^ http://www.ars-moriendi.be/ROGIER.HTM
  8. ^ http://www.ars-moriendi.be/ROGIER.HTM
  9. ^ Almanach royal officiel: 1875 p137
  10. ^ Almanach royal officiel: 1875 p137
  11. ^ http://www.ars-moriendi.be/ROGIER.HTM
  12. ^ Almanach royal officiel: 1875 p137
  13. ^ http://www.ars-moriendi.be/ROGIER.HTM
  14. ^ Almanach royal officiel: 1875 p137
  15. ^ The London Gazette: The Appointed Organ for All Announcements of the Executive. 1863,5/8
  16. ^ Almanach royal officiel: 1875 p137
  17. ^ Almanach royal officiel: 1875 p137

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Political offices
New office Prime Minister of Belgium

Succeeded by
Etienne Constantin de Gerlache
Preceded by
Jean-François Tielemans
Governor of Antwerp
Succeeded by
Henri de Brouckère
Preceded by
Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt
Prime Minister of Belgium
Preceded by
Pierre de Decker
Prime Minister of Belgium
Succeeded by
Walthère Frère-Orban
Preceded by
Xavier Victor Thibaut
President of the Chamber of Representatives
Succeeded by
Jules Guillery

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