Albert Joseph Goblet d'Alviella

Albert Joseph, Count Goblet d'Alviella (26 May 1790 – 5 May 1873) was an officer in the army of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. After the Belgian Revolution, he became a politician and served as Prime Minister of Belgium.

Albert Joseph Goblet d'Alviella
4th Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
20 October 1832  4 August 1834
MonarchLeopold I
Preceded byFelix de Muelenaere
Succeeded byBarthélémy de Theux de Meylandt
Personal details
Born(1790-05-26)26 May 1790
Tournai, Austrian Netherlands
(now Belgium)
Died5 May 1873(1873-05-05) (aged 82)
Brussels, Belgium
Political partyLiberal Party


Born in Tournai, Goblet attended the École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr. He became an engineer officer in the French Imperial Army, but joined the Royal Netherlands Army in 1815, rising to the rank of captain.

At the moment of the Belgian insurrection on 16 November 1830, he joined the revolutionary forces, and was given the rank of colonel by the provisional government. He went into politics in the newly independent Belgium, where he became Minister for Foreign Affairs (de facto prime minister) between 1832 and 1834. Though no formal party structures existed at the time, he was considered politically Liberal. He was appointed as inspector-general of the Belgian Army in 1834.

In 1837, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and raised to nobility. He was the grandfather of Eugene Goblet d'Alviella, a famous historian.

He died in Brussels aged 82 in 1873.

See also


  • Albert Goblet d'Alviella, dans Charles Mullié, Biographie des célébrités militaires des armées de terre et de mer de 1789 à 1850, 1852.
  • Juste, Th., Les fondateurs de la monarchie belge. Le lieutenant général comte Goblet d'Alviella, ministre d'Etat. D'après des documents inédits. 1790–1869, Brussel, 1870
  • Juste, Théodore, Le lieutenant-général Comte Goblet d'Alviella 1790–1869, Bruxelles, C. Muquardt, 1870, 146 p
Political offices
Preceded by
Felix de Muelenaere
Prime Minister of Belgium
Succeeded by
Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt

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