Victor de Tornaco

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Victor de Tornaco
Victor de Tornaco.jpg
Prime Minister of Luxembourg
In office
26 September 1860 – 3 December 1867
Monarch William III
Preceded by Charles-Mathias Simons
Succeeded by Emmanuel Servais
Personal details
Born 5 July 1805
Arlon, France
Died 26 September 1875
Voordt, Belgium
Political party Independent

Baron Victor de Tornaco (5 July 1805 – 26 September 1875) was a Luxembourgian politician. An Orangist, he was the fourth Prime Minister of Luxembourg, serving for seven years, from 26 September 1860 until 3 December 1867.

His parents were Charles Auguste de Tornaco and Elisabeth de Berlo-Suys (1775-1856).

He studied in Paris at the Ecole polytechnique. In the years after the Belgian Revolution of 1830 he supported William I, King of the Netherlands and Grand-Duke of Luxembourg. From 1841 to 1848 he was a member of the Assembly of Estates.

He was elected to represent the canton of Esch-sur-Alzette on the Constituent Assembly, in 1848.[1] From 1848 to 1856 he was a member of the Chamber of Deputies, and from 1857 to 1860 of the re-established Assembly of Estates.

After the resignation of Charles-Mathias Simons, on 26 September 1860 he was appointed prime minister and Director-General (Minister) for Foreign Affairs and until 1864 also for public transport. On 11 May 1867 he and Emmanuel Servais signed the Second Treaty of London, which had far-reaching consequences for Luxembourg.

On 3 December 1867 the De Tornaco gouvernment lost a parliament vote. They had been accused by the opposition of taking a too passive role at the negotiations in London. He was succeeded by Emmanuel Servais. De Tornaco was from 3 December 1867 to 20 June 1872 a member of the council of state.

Victor Tornaco lived in Sanem Castle, which his family owned from 1753 to 1950. He died in 1875 in Belgium and was buried in Sanem in the family tomb.

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  1. ^ (French)/(German) "Mémorial A, 1848, No. 38" (PDF). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Théodore Pescatore
President of the Chamber of Deputies
1st time

1855–1856
Succeeded by
Jean-Mathias Wellenstein
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Toutsch
President of the Chamber of Deputies
2nd time

1859–1860
Succeeded by
Norbert Metz
Preceded by
Charles-Mathias Simons
Prime Minister of Luxembourg
1860–1867
Succeeded by
Emmanuel Servais
Director-General for Foreign Affairs
1860–1867
Director-General for Public Works
1860–1864
Succeeded by
Ernest Simons