Jean Van Houtte

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Jean Van Houtte
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Van Houtte's official portrait bust in the Belgian Federal Parliament
Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
15 January 1952 23 April 1954
Monarch Baudouin
Preceded by Joseph Pholien
Succeeded by Achille Van Acker
Personal details
Born(1907-03-17)17 March 1907
Ghent, Belgium
Died23 May 1991(1991-05-23) (aged 84)
Brussels, Belgium
Political party Christian Social Party
Alma mater University of Liège

Jean (Jan) Marie Joseph, Baron Van Houtte (17 March 1907 – 23 May 1991) was a Belgian politician who served as Prime Minister of Belgium from 1952 to 1954.

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Born in Ghent, van Houtte held a doctorate in law and lectured at Ghent University and the University of Liège. He served as chairman of the Belgian Institute of Public Finance and represented the PSC-CVP in the Belgian Senate from 1949 to 1968.

Having served as Minister of Finance in the governments of Jean Duvieusart (1950) and Joseph Pholien (19501952), van Houtte replaced Pholien to become the 38th Prime Minister of Belgium in January 1952. His period in office was marked by disputes over conscription, and in particular the length of service of conscripts, and over the treatment of collaborators, where van Houtte controversially favoured a mild approach. An economic recession added to his troubles.

Van Houtte again served as Minister of Finance from 1958 to 1961 under Gaston Eyskens. He was governor of the World Bank, named an honorary Minister of State in 1966, and made a Baron in 1970.

Honours

Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Pholien
Prime Minister of Belgium
1952–1954
Succeeded by
Achille Van Acker

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