Jules Renkin

Jules Laurent Jean Louis Renkin (3 December 1862 15 July 1934) was a Belgian politician.

Jules Renkin
Renkin's official portrait bust in the Belgian Federal Parliament
28th Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
6 June 1931  22 October 1932
MonarchAlbert I
Preceded byHenri Jaspar
Succeeded byCharles de Broqueville
Personal details
Born(1862-12-03)3 December 1862
Ixelles, Belgium
Died15 July 1934(1934-07-15) (aged 71)
Brussels, Belgium
Political partyCatholic Party

Born in Ixelles, Renkin studied and practised law, and helped found the journal L'Avenir Sociale. In 1896 he was elected as a member of the Catholic Party to the Belgian Chamber of Representatives for Brussels, a seat he held until his death. Original on the Christian Democratic wing of the party, Renkin's views became more conservative with time.

He held several ministerial posts, Justice in 19071908, Colonies from 1908 to 1918, the Interior in 19181920, and Railway and Posts from 1918 to 1921. In 1920 he was named an honorary Minister of State.

In 1931 he became the 28th Prime Minister of Belgium, also holding the Interior, Finance, and Health portfolios. His government was unable to deal effectively with the economic crisis facing Belgium at the time and fell in 1932.

He was married to Emma van Hamme.[1]



Political offices
Preceded by
Henri Jaspar
Prime Minister of Belgium
Succeeded by
Charles de Broqueville

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