Gaspard-Théodore-Ignace de la Fontaine

Gaspard-Théodore-Ignace de la Fontaine (6 January 1787 – 11 February 1871)[1] was a Luxembourgish politician and jurist. He led the Orangist movement and was the first Prime Minister of Luxembourg, serving for four months, from 1 August 1848 until 6 December of the same year.

G.T.I. de la Fontaine
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Prime Minister of Luxembourg
In office
1 August 1848 – 6 December 1848
MonarchWilliam II
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byJean-Jacques Willmar
Personal details
Born6 January 1787
Luxembourg, Austrian Netherlands
Died11 February 1871(1871-02-11) (aged 84)
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Political partyIndependent

From 1807 to 1810 he studied law in Paris and in the same year became a lawyer in Luxembourg City.[1] In 1816 he became a member of the États provinciaux.[1] When the Belgian Revolution broke out, he supported William I, and was appointed to the government commission that controlled Luxembourg City.[1]

From 1841 to 1848 he was the governor of the Grand-Duchy.[1] On 1 August 1848 he became the first head of government of Luxembourg and was also responsible for the areas of foreign affairs, justice, and culture.[1] The government fell on 2 December 1849.[1] De la Fontaine was from 1849 to 1851 a member of the council of Luxembourg City.[1] In 1857 he was appointed the first president of the newly established Council of State, which he remained for 11 years.[1]

His third son, Edmond, better known by his pen name 'Dicks', became Luxembourg's national poet, and one of the fathers of Luxembourgian literature. His two other sons were the botanist Léon de la Fontaine and the zoologist Alphonse de la Fontaine.


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Thewes (2011), p. 15


  • Thewes, Guy (2011). Les gouvernements du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg depuis 1848 (PDF). Luxembourg: Service information et presse du gouvernement. ISBN 978-2-87999-212-9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-01-11. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
Political offices
New title
Constitution amended
Prime Minister of Luxembourg
Succeeded by
Jean-Jacques Willmar
Administrator-General for Foreign Affairs
Administrator-General for Justice
New title
Council of State created
President of the Council of State
Succeeded by
Charles-Mathias Simons