Charles de Brouckère

Jonkheer Charles Joseph Marie Ghislain de Brouckère (18 January 1796 – 20 April 1860) was a Belgian nobleman and liberal politician.

Charles de Brouckère
Mayor of Brussels
In office
Preceded byFrançois-Jean Wyns de Raucour
Succeeded byAndré-Napoléon Fontainas
Personal details
Charles Joseph Marie Ghislain de Brouckère

(1796-01-18)January 18, 1796
Bruges, Austrian Netherlands
DiedApril 20, 1860(1860-04-20) (aged 64)
Brussels, Belgium
Political partyLiberal Party
Alma materUniversité libre de Bruxelles (honorific)
OccupationPolitician, nobleman

Born in Bruges, elder brother of future Prime Minister of Belgium Henri de Brouckère, Charles entered politics in the period when modern Belgium formed the southern part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. He worked as a banker in Maastricht and served as a representative for the province of Limburg in the Second Chamber of parliament.

During the Belgian Revolution of 1830, De Brouckère was among the francophile, francophone party which favoured annexation by France.

In the newly independent Belgium, he served as Finance minister, Interior Minister, and War Minister, for short periods in 1831.

He taught as a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and in 1848 became mayor of Brussels, a post he held continuously until his death. He is interred at Brussels Cemetery, and was responsible for major urban renewal in the city, including the creation of water mains and the creation of the first boulevards in Brussels.

De Brouckère Square (French: Place de Brouckère, Dutch: De Brouckèreplein), and De Brouckère station, in central Brussels are named after him.


See also


  • Du Bois, A., Les Bourgmestres de Bruxelles. Ch. de Brouckère, in : Revue de Belgique, mei 1896, p. 21-41.
  • Juste, Théodore, Charles de Brouckère, Brussel, C. Muquardt, 1867, p. 131.
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