Henry Carton de Wiart

Henry Victor Marie Ghislain, Count Carton de Wiart (31 January 1869 – 6 May 1951) was the 23rd Prime Minister of Belgium from 20 November 1920 to 6 May 1921. He was member of the aristocratic house of Carton de Wiart, his brother Edmond Carton de Wiart was the Grand Marshall of King Baudouin.

Henry Carton de Wiart
23rd Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
20 November 1920  16 December 1921
MonarchAlbert I
Preceded byLéon Delacroix
Succeeded byGeorges Theunis
Personal details
Born(1869-01-31)31 January 1869
Brussels, Belgium
Died6 May 1951(1951-05-06) (aged 82)
Uccle, Belgium
Political partyCatholic Party


Born in Brussels, Carton de Wiart studied law and became a lawyer. In 1894 he founded the cultural review Durendal, together with Pol Demade and Henry Moeller. He was elected to the Belgian House of Representatives as a left-wing Catholic Party member in 1896. He remained a Member of Parliament until his death in 1951.

Besides serving as prime minister from 1920 to 1921 in a government of national union (Christian Democrats, Liberals and Socialists), he served as minister of justice from 1911 to 1918, as Belgian delegate to the League of Nations from 1928 to 1935, and as minister of social welfare from 1932 to 1934. After the German invasion of Belgium in May 1940, Carton de Wiart accompanied the Belgian government into exile in London.

Having been given the honorific title of Minister of State, Carton de Wiart again served as minister of justice for a short time in 1950.

Carton de Wiart was a cousin of the famous British general, Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart.

A road in Jette, Belgium, is named in his honour: Avenue Carton de Wiart.


Foreign Honours
Political offices
Preceded by
Léon Delacroix
Prime Minister of Belgium
Succeeded by
Georges Theunis


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