Liberal Party ( Dutch: , Liberale Partij French: ) was a Parti libéral Belgian political party that existed from 1846 until 1961, when it became the Party for Freedom and Progress, Partij voor Vrijheid en Vooruitgang/Parti de la Liberté et du Progrès or PVV-PLP, under the leadership of Omer Vanaudenhove.
History [ edit ]
The Liberal Party was founded in 1846 and as such was the first political party of
Belgium. Walthère Frère-Orban wrote the first charter for the new party. From 1887 until 1900, The Progressive Party (French: Parti Progressiste, Dutch: Progressieve Partij) existed as a separate progressive Liberal party.
Presidents [ edit ]
Notable members [ edit ]
Gustave Boël (1837-1912), industrialist
Charles Buls, mayor of Brussels (1881-1899)
Jacques Coghen, (1791-1858), second Minister of Finance of Belgium
François-Philippe de Haussy, (1789-1869), first governor of the National Bank of Belgium
Constant de Kerchove de Denterghem
Louis Franck (1868–1937), a leading Flemish liberal politician.
Walthère Frère-Orban, (1812–1896), wrote the first charter of the liberal party.
Julius Hoste Jr. (1884–1954), businessman and leading Flemish liberal politician.
Paul Hymans, first President of the League of Nations
Adolphe Max, mayor of Brussels (1909-1939)
Eugène Prévinaire, (1805-1877), second governor of the National Bank of Belgium.
Jean Rey (1902-1983), President of the European Commission
Ernest Solvay (1838-1922), chemist, industrialist and philanthropist.
Henri Story (1897-1944)
Herman Teirlinck (1879–1967), a famous Belgian writer.
Pierre Van Humbeeck
Jan Van Rijswijck
Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen, founder of the Université Libre de Bruxelles
See also [ edit ]
Liberal Archive Th. Luykx, M. Platel,
Politieke geschiedenis van België, 2 vol., Kluwer, 1985 E. Witte, J. Craeybeckx, A. Meynen,
Politieke geschiedenis van België, Standaard, 1997