Aloys Van de Vyvere

Aloys (Alois) Jean Maria Joseph, Viscount[1] Van de Vyvere (8 June 1871 22 October 1961) was a Belgian Catholic Party politician.

Aloys Van de Vyvere
Van de Vyvere's official portrait bust in the Belgian Federal Parliament
25th Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
13 May 1925  17 June 1925
MonarchAlbert I
Preceded byGeorges Theunis
Succeeded byProsper Poullet
Personal details
Born(1871-06-08)8 June 1871
Tielt, Belgium
Died22 October 1961(1961-10-22) (aged 90)
Paris, France
Political partyCatholic Party


Born in Tielt, Van de Vyvere studied law and philosophy and worked as a lawyer in Ghent, where he served as a local councillor between 1909 and 1911. In 1911 he was elected to the Belgian Chamber of Representatives for Roeselare and Tielt with the strong support of the Boerenbond (farmers' union). On 25 February 1920, he cofounded the oil company Compagnie Financière Belge des Pétroles (Petrofina), together with Fernand and Hector Carlier.

He held ministerial office regularly in the period from 1911 to 1926, beginning as Agriculture and Public works minister (19111912), then moving to Railways and Posts (19121914), Finance (19141918),[2] Economic affairs (19201924), and returning to Agriculture (19251926). He was named an honorary Minister of State in 1918.

Becoming the 25th Prime Minister of Belgium in 1925,[3] he presided over a party and cabinet in crisis, and his government fell after only a month.

He left politics in 1926, working in business. He died in Paris in 1961.



  1. "van de VYVERE".
  2. "BELGIAN MARTYR'S MESSAGE; On the Eve of Execution He Tells His Faith in His Country's Future". 18 February 1918 via
  3. "BELGIUM: Enter Max". 1 June 1925 via
  4. "ODIS".

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Political offices
Preceded by
Georges Theunis
Prime Minister of Belgium
Succeeded by
Prosper Poullet

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