Gérard Cooreman

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Gérard Cooreman
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21st Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
1 June 1918 – 21 November 1918
MonarchAlbert I
Preceded byCharles de Broqueville
Succeeded byLéon Delacroix
President of the Chamber of Representatives
In office
9 January 1908 – 12 November 1912
Preceded byFrans Schollaert
Succeeded byFrans Schollaert
Personal details
Born(1852-03-25)25 March 1852
Ghent, Belgium
Died2 December 1926(1926-12-02) (aged 74)
Brussels, Belgium
Political partyCatholic Party

Gérard (Gerard) François Marie Cooreman (25 March 1852 – 2 December 1926) was a Belgian Catholic Party politician.

Born in Ghent, Cooreman was trained in law, and practised as a lawyer, but was more active as a businessman and financier, and became involved with Catholic social groups.

In 1892 Cooreman was elected to the Belgian Senate, and from 1898 to 1914 he represented Ghent in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, holding the position of leader of the Chamber from 1908 to 1912.

He held office as Labour and Industry minister for a short time in 1899, and on the fall of Frans Schollaert's government in 1911 he was asked to become the 21st Prime Minister of Belgium and form the new government, but declined. He was appointed an honorary Minister of State in 1912 and left politics in 1914 to become a director of the Société Générale de Belgique.

During the First World War, Cooreman followed the Belgian government into exile at Le Havre. On the fall of Charles de Broqueville, King Albert I of Belgium appointed Cooreman to lead a new government on 1 June 1918. With the end of the war in November 1918, Cooreman resigned as Prime Minister.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frans Schollaert
President of the Chamber of Representatives
1908–1912
Succeeded by
Frans Schollaert
Preceded by
Charles de Broqueville
Prime Minister of Belgium
1918
Succeeded by
Léon Delacroix