Charles de Brouckère
|Mayor of Brussels|
|François-Jean Wyns de Raucour|
Charles Joseph Marie Ghislain de Brouckère
January 18, 1796
Bruges, Austrian Netherlands
|Died||April 20, 1860 (aged 64)|
|Political party||Liberal Party|
|Alma mater||Université libre de Bruxelles (honorific)|
Born in Bruges, elder brother of future Prime Minister of Belgium Henri de Brouckère, Charles entered politics in the period when modern Belgium formed the southern part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. He worked as a banker in Maastricht and served as a representative for the province of Limburg in the Second Chamber of parliament.
In the newly independent Belgium, he served as Finance minister, Interior Minister, and War Minister, for short periods in 1831.
He taught as a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and in 1848 became mayor of Brussels, a post he held continuously until his death. He is interred at Brussels Cemetery, and was responsible for major urban renewal in the city, including the creation of water mains and the creation of the first boulevards in Brussels.