Daniel-Henri Druey (French pronunciation: ​[danjɛl ɑ̃ʁi dʁyɛ]; 12 April 1799 – 29 March 1855) was a Swiss politician of the 19th century and a founding father of constitutional democracy and member of Free Democratic Party in Switzerland.[1]

Henri Druey
Photograph of Druey in later life in 1850

Early lifeEdit

Druey was born in Faoug in the Canton of Vaud. After studying law at the academy in Lausanne he engaged in further study at Heidelberg, Paris and London.[2]

Political career in SwitzerlandEdit

When Druey returned to Switzerland, aged 29, he was chosen to sit on the Canton of Vaud's Great Council. Two years later he became a member of the State Council.[3]

Druey was elected to the Swiss Federal Council on 16 November 1848 as one of the seven initial members. During his time in office he held the following departments:

and was President of the Confederation in 1850.

Druey died in office on 29 March 1855.


  1. ^ "Frühere Departmentsvorsteher/Innen".

External linksEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
n/a one of the first seven
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the Swiss Confederation
Succeeded by