Félix de Blochausen

Baron Félix de Blochausen (5 March 1834 – 15 November 1915), was a Luxembourgish politician. An Orangist, he was the sixth Prime Minister of Luxembourg, serving for ten years, from 26 December 1874 until 20 February 1885.

Félix de Blochausen
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Prime Minister of Luxembourg
In office
26 December 1874 – 20 February 1885
MonarchWilliam III
Preceded byEmmanuel Servais
Succeeded byÉdouard Thilges
Personal details
Born5 March 1834
Schieren, Luxembourg
Died15 November 1915 (aged 81)
Schieren, Luxembourg
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Estelle de Labeville

Minister for the InteriorEdit

From 14 December 1866 to 3 December 1867 he was Director-General (Minister) for the Interior in the government of Victor de Tornaco.[1] From 1872 to 1873 he was President of the Chamber of Deputies.

Prime ministerEdit

On 26 December 1874, after Emmanuel Servais' resignation, de Blochausen was appointed prime minister and Director-General for Foreign Affairs. From 21 September to 12 October 1882, he was Director-General of Finances. Under his government, the criminal code and education were reformed. On 20 February 1885 de Blochausen had to resign due to an insider trading scandal.

Domestic policyEdit

The Blochausen government introduced reforms of primary education. Against the opposition of conservative Deputies, it made it obligatory for children to attend school for six years, from ages 6 to 12. The reform gave rise to far-reaching debates over the role of the state in society, and the relationship between church and state. The new law made it the state's duty to organise public education, whereas the church retained a level of influence over education on the local level, and had powers of supervision over teachers.[1]

Post-government careerEdit

From 1893 until his death, Félix de Blochausen was the president of the Société agricole grand-ducale.[1] He died on 15 November 1915 at his birthplace, Schloss Birtrange.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Thewes, Guy. "Les gouvernements du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg depuis 1848" Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine. Service information et presse du gouvernment. Luxembourg: Imprimerie Centrale, 2011. ISBN 978-2-87999-212-9
Political offices
Preceded by
Emmanuel Servais
Prime Minister of Luxembourg
Succeeded by
Édouard Thilges
Director-General for Foreign Affairs
Preceded by
Victor de Roebé
Director-General for Finances
Succeeded by
Mathias Mongenast