Paul de Smet de Naeyer

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Paul de Smet de Naeyer
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Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
5 August 1899 – 2 May 1907
Monarch Leopold II
Preceded by Jules Vandenpeereboom
Succeeded by Jules de Trooz
In office
25 February 1896 – 24 January 1899
Monarch Leopold II
Preceded by Jules de Burlet
Succeeded by Jules Vandenpeereboom
Personal details
Born (1843-05-13)13 May 1843
Ghent, Belgium
Died 9 September 1913(1913-09-09) (aged 70)
Brussels, Belgium
Political party Catholic Party

Paul Joseph, Count de Smet de Naeyer (13 May 1843 – 9 September 1913) was a Belgian Catholic Party politician.

Born in Ghent, son of a cotton industrialist, he was himself also an industrialist and a banker. He was head of the Société Générale de Belgique and the owner of several coal mines.

He represented Ghent and Eeklo in the Belgian Chamber of People's Representatives from 1886 to 1908, and served in the Belgian Senate from 1908 to 1913. He served in several governments, as Finance minister from 1894 to 1896, and again from 1899 to 1907, combining the portfolio with the Ministry of Public Works. He was the 16th Prime Minister of Belgium from 1896 to 1899, and again from 1899 to 1907.

He was made an honorary Minister of State in 1899 and a Count in 1900. He died in Brussels.

Political offices
Preceded by
Jules de Burlet
Prime Minister of Belgium
1896–1899
Succeeded by
Jules Vandenpeereboom
Preceded by
Jules Vandenpeereboom
Prime Minister of Belgium
1899–1907
Succeeded by
Jules de Trooz