| Albert Mechelynck (first)
Omer Vanaudenhove (last)|
Party for Freedom and Progress
General Confederation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium
The Liberal Party (Dutch: Liberale Partij, French: Parti libéral) was a Belgian political party that existed from 1846 until 1961, when it became the Party for Freedom and Progress, Partij voor Vrijheid en Vooruitgang/Parti de la Liberté et du Progrès or PVV-PLP, under the leadership of Omer Vanaudenhove.
Liberal Party (Belgium) Wikipedia
The Liberal Party was founded in 1846 and as such was the first political party of Belgium. Walthère Frère-Orban wrote the first charter for the new party.
The Liberal Party had a clear victory in the 1848 elections, following lower tax requirements that benefited urban populations, where liberals were stronger. The Liberal Party remained in dominant position for the most part of the period from 1848 until 1884, where it lost to Catholics due to the First School War. The Liberal Party suffered even more losses in the next elections, most notable in the 1894 elections, the first ones with universal suffrage. However, they made a comeback in 1900 upon the introduction of proportional representation.
From 1887 until 1900, the Progressive Party (French: Parti Progressiste, Dutch: Progressieve Partij) existed as a separate progressive Liberal party.1920 - 1921 : Albert Mechelynck
1924 - 1926 : Edouard Pécher
1927 - 1933 : Albert Devèze
1933 - 1934 : Octave Dierckx
1935 - 1936 : Léon Dens
1936 - 1937 : Victor de Laveleye
1937 - 1940 : Emile Coulonvaux
1940 - 1945 : Jane Brigode and Fernand Demets (co-presidency)
1945 - 1953 : Roger Motz
1953 - 1954 : Henri Liebaert
1954 - 1958 : Maurice Destenay
1958 - 1961 : Roger Motz
1961 : Omer Vanaudenhove
Gustave Boël (1837-1912), industrialist
Charles Buls, mayor of Brussels (1881-1899)
Jacques Coghen, (1791-1858), second Minister of Finance of Belgium
François-Philippe de Haussy, (1789-1869), first governor of the National Bank of Belgium
Constant de Kerchove de Denterghem
Louis Franck (1868–1937), a leading Flemish liberal politician.
Walthère Frère-Orban, (1812–1896), wrote the first charter of the liberal party.
Julius Hoste Jr. (1884–1954), businessman and leading Flemish liberal politician.
Paul Hymans, first President of the League of Nations
Adolphe Max, mayor of Brussels (1909-1939)
Eugène Prévinaire, (1805-1877), second governor of the National Bank of Belgium.
Jean Rey (1902-1983), President of the European Commission
Ernest Solvay (1838-1922), chemist, industrialist and philanthropist.
Henri Story (1897-1944)
Herman Teirlinck (1879–1967), a famous Belgian writer.
Pierre Van Humbeeck
Jan Van Rijswijck
Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen, founder of the Université Libre de Bruxelles