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Jules d'Anethan

Jules d'Anethan
Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
2 July 1870 – 7 December 1871
Monarch Leopold II
Preceded by Walthère Frère-Orban
Succeeded by Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt
President of the Senate
In office
23 July 1884 – 10 November 1885
Preceded by Edmond de Sélys Longchamps
Succeeded by Charles de Merode-Westerloo
Personal details
Born (1803-04-23)23 April 1803
Brussels, France
(now Belgium)
Died 8 October 1888(1888-10-08) (aged 85)
Schaerbeek, Belgium
Political party Catholic Party
Religion Roman Catholicism

Jules Joseph, Baron d'Anethan (23 April 1803 – 8 October 1888) was a Belgian Catholic Party politician.

After serving as minister for Justice and Religion, D'Anethan was named the 12th Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Foreign Affairs by King Leopold II on 2 July 1870. During his term in office, d'Anethan was responable for directing the Belgian reaction to the Franco-Prussian War.

D'Anethan and the king agreed a programme whereby the King's favoured military reforms—in particular the abolition of Remplacement conscription—would be implemented, along with an agreement not to institute electoral reforms. He served as Foreign and War minister in his own government.

D'Anethan was obliged to include in his cabinet ministers who were opposed to the abolition of Remplacement which led to conflicts with the King. A political crisis following his nomination of Pierre de Decker as governor of Limburg led to the resignation of d'Anethan's government.

He later served, from 1884 to 1885, as president of the Belgian Senate.


  • L. PLETTINCK, Biographie du baron J. J. d'Anethan, Brugge, 1899
  • A. COSEMANS, Jules Joseph d'Anethan, in: Biographie nationale de Belgique, T. XXIX, 1956, col. 93-96.
  • Template:Cite Men of the Time
Political offices
Preceded by
Walthère Frère-Orban
Prime Minister of Belgium
Succeeded by
Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt
Preceded by
Edmond de Sélys Longchamps
President of the Senate
Succeeded by
Charles de Merode-Westerloo

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