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Étienne Constantin de Gerlache
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1st Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
27 February 1831 – 28 March 1831
Monarch Erasme Louis Surlet de Chokier (Regent)
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Joseph Lebeau
President of the Chamber of Representatives
In office
10 September 1831 – 15 November 1832
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Jean-Joseph Raikem
Personal details
Born 26 December 1785
Bertrix, France
(now Belgium)
Died 10 February 1871(1871-02-10) (aged 85)
Ixelles, Belgium
Political party Catholic Party
Spouse(s) Anne Buschmann
Children 5

Etienne Constantin de Gerlache (1785-1871) was a Belgian politician. He was born in Luxembourg, and died in Paris. Gerlache studied law. When Napoleon was emperor, Gerlache was part of the Supreme Court in Paris. When Belgium and the Netherlands joined, he was part of a court in Liège. During this time, he wrote several articles about law subjects. In 1826, he became a member of the States General of the Netherlands. During that time he became known for his eloquence as the leader of the Catholic opposition. In 1831, he became the first prime minister of Belgium. Because he was a catholic, and all the other members of the government were liberals, this led to many conflicts. In the end, he resigned his post as prime minister. In 1832, he was elected head of the Supreme Court of Belgium. In church matters, he was an ultramontanist.

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