Noël Delfosse

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Noël Delfosse
President of the Chamber of Representatives
In office
26 October 1852 – 25 April 1855
Preceded by Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen
Succeeded by Josse Joseph de Lehaye
Personal details
Born (1801-03-09)9 March 1801
Liège, France
(now Belgium)
Died 22 February 1858(1858-02-22) (aged 56)
Liège, Belgium
Nationality Belgium
Political party Liberal Party
Alma mater University of Liège

Noël Joseph Auguste Delfosse (French: [dɛlfos]; 9 March 1801 – 22 February 1858) was a Belgian lawyer, industrialist and liberal politician.


Delfosse graduated as a doctor in Law at the University of Liège and started his career in Liège as an attorney.

He was selected as a liberal representative in the municipal council after the Belgian Revolution in 1830, and in 1836 to the Provincial council of the Province of Liège and in 1840 as a representative of Liège into the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, and in 1848 was elected vice-president of the chamber and remained in this office until 1852.

His decisive character and his talent as a convincing speaker, supported his political influence in the years 1848 and 1849, where he mainly tried to secure Belgium from the influences of the French movement. At that time he spoke his famous word become in the chamber: La liberté française pour faire le tour du monde n'a pas besoin de passer par chez nous! From 1853 until 1855 he was the President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives.

In 1854 and 1855, he rejected twice the offer to create a new Ministry. In December 1857 he was appointed in the government of Rogier-Frère with the title of Minister of State, which did not prevent him to speak against the measures of the government, when they seemed to him incompatible with the principles of liberalism.

See also[edit]


  • Alvin, A., in : Biographie Nationale, Brussel, Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux Arts, 1866-1986, V, 1876, kol. 413-420.
  • Mémorial de la Province de Liège 1836-1986, Liège, p. 184.
  • Pierer's Universal-Lexikon
Political offices
Preceded by
Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen
President of the Chamber of Representatives
Succeeded by
Josse Joseph de Lehaye