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|Prime Minister of Belgium|
12 August 1847 – 31 October 1852
|Preceded by||Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt|
|Succeeded by||Henri de Brouckère|
9 November 1857 – 3 January 1868
|Preceded by||Pierre de Decker|
|Succeeded by||Walthère Frère-Orban|
|President of the Chamber of Representatives|
1 August 1878 – 13 November 1878
|Preceded by||Xavier Victor Thibaut|
|Succeeded by||Jules Guillery|
17 August 1800|
|Died||27 May 1885
|Political party||Liberal Party|
|Alma mater||University 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 at 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 central Brussels' landmarks, the Place Rogier / Rogierplein, commemorates his name.
Rogier à la tête des volontaires de Liège - Rogier at the head of the Liège volunteers (Charles Soubre, 1878)
- Discailles, Ernest (1830). Charles Rogier (1800-1885), d'après des documents inédits (in French). J. Lebègue.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Rogier, Charles Latour". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- Works by or about Charles Rogier at Internet Archive
- Media related to Charles Rogier at Wikimedia Commons
|New office||Prime Minister of Belgium
Etienne Constantin de Gerlache
|Governor of Antwerp
Henri de Brouckère
Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt
|Prime Minister of Belgium
Pierre de Decker
|Prime Minister of Belgium
Xavier Victor Thibaut
|President of the Chamber of Representatives