Victor Thorn

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Victor Thorn
Prime Minister of Luxembourg
In office
24 February 1916 – 19 June 1917
Monarch Marie-Adélaïde
Preceded by Hubert Loutsch
Succeeded by Léon Kauffman
Personal details
Born 31 January 1844
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Died 15 September 1930(1930-09-15) (aged 86)
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Political party Independent

Victor Thorn (31 January 1844 – 15 September 1930)[1] was a Luxembourgian politician. He was the 11th Prime Minister of Luxembourg, serving for one year, from 24 February 1916 until 19 June 1917.

From 1885 to 1888 he was a member of the Council of State.[1]

From 1888 to 1892 he was Director-General (Minister) for Public Works in the Eyschen Ministry.

In 1899 he became a Procureur général. In 1915 he was Minister for Justice and Public Works in the Mongenast Ministry. In 1916 the Loutsch Ministry, which had succeeded the Mongenast government, was forced to resign, having lost a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies.

A month later, Victor Thorn formed a new government, in which the three major parties were represented. The main problem was to resolve the supply problems in the country, which had grown more and more severe due to the war. The government rationed foodstuffs, and put a cap on prices, which, however, resulted in a black market and led to tensions between the town and rural populations. In 1917 there was a strike in the Red Lands, which was suppressed by the German army. Finally the Chamber withdrew confidence in the agriculture minister Michel Welter, and the government fell with him.

From 19 June 1917 until his death, Thorn was president of the Council of State.[1] From 1921 to 1927 he was a permanent member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.[1]

He died in 1930 in Luxembourg City.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Thewes, Guy (2011). Les gouvernements du Gand-Duché de Luxembourg depuis 1848 (PDF) (in French). Luxembourg City: Service Information et Presse. pp. 68–71. ISBN 978-2-87999-212-9. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Victor de Roebé
Director-General for Public Works
1st time

1888–1892
Succeeded by
Paul Eyschen
Preceded by
Paul Eyschen
Director-General for Justice
1st time

1915
Succeeded by
Jean-Baptiste Sax
Preceded by
Charles de Waha
Director-General for Public Works
2nd time

1915
Succeeded by
Guillaume Soisson
Preceded by
Hubert Loutsch
Prime Minister of Luxembourg
1916–1917
Succeeded by
Léon Kauffmann
Director-General for Foreign Affairs
1916–1917
Preceded by
Jean-Baptiste Sax
Director-General for Justice
2nd time

1916–1917
Succeeded by
Léon Moutrier
Preceded by
Henri Vannérus
President of the Council of State
1st time

1914–1916
Succeeded by
Mathias Mongenast
Preceded by
Mathias Mongenast
President of the Council of State
2nd time

1917–1930
Succeeded by
Joseph Steichen