Joseph Pholien

Joseph Clovis Louis Marie Emmanuel Pholien (28 December 1884 – 4 January 1968) was a Belgian Catholic politician and member of the PSC-CVP. He was born in Liège, and volunteered to serve with the Belgian army during World War I, being commissioned as a first lieutenant. He was Minister of Justice under Paul-Henri Spaak from May 1938 to February 1939 and was the Prime Minister of Belgium from 16 August 1950 to 15 January 1952. In 1966, he became a Minister of State.

Joseph Pholien
Brussels, Palais de la Nation, Joseph Pholien.jpg
Pholien's official portrait bust in the Belgian Federal Parliament
Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
16 August 1950 – 15 January 1952
MonarchLeopold III
Preceded byJean Duvieusart
Succeeded byJean Van Houtte
Personal details
Born(1884-12-28)28 December 1884
Liège, Belgium
Died4 January 1968(1968-01-04) (aged 83)
Brussels, Belgium
Political partyChristian Social Party

His term as prime minister is notable for seeing the departure of the Belgian United Nations Command (BUNC) to fight in the Korean War (1950–1953).

He was the last Christian Democrat prime minister from Wallonia.


Political offices
Preceded by
Jean Duvieusart
Prime Minister of Belgium
Succeeded by
Jean Van Houtte


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