Leonard du Bus de Gisignies
Leonard Pierre Joseph, Viscount du Bus de Gisignies (28 February 1780 – 31 May 1849) was a soldier and politician in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Viscount du Bus de Gisignies
|Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies|
|Preceded by||Godert van der Capellen|
|Succeeded by||Johannes van den Bosch|
|Speaker of the House of Representatives|
|Preceded by||Jan Pieter van Wickenwoort Crommelin|
|Succeeded by||Arnold Hendrik van Markel Bouwer|
Leonard Pierre Joseph Dubus
February 28, 1780
Mouscron, Province of Hainaut, Belgium
|Died||May 31, 1849 (aged 69)|
Oostmalle, Province of Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
Marie-Catherine de Deurwaerder
(m. 1802; died 1836)
Marie-Antoinette van der Gracht de Fretin
|Father||Pierre Ignace du Bus|
|Branch/service||French Royal Army|
|Years of service||1802–1815|
He served in the French Royal Army from 1802 until 1815. On 21 September 1815, in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, he became a member of the House of Representatives of the States-General of the Netherlands for the province of West Flanders and on 20 September 1816, he was raised to Dutch nobility and was knighted in 24 November 1816, he later became its President during the meeting year from 1818 to 1819.
Afterwards he had several administrative functions, first of all as Governor of the province of Antwerp in 3 April 1820 - March 1823, and from 25 March 1823 up to 9 May 1828 of the province of South Brabant (Dutch: Zuid-Brabant).
From 4 February 1826 up to 16 January 1830 he was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (Dutch: Commissaris-Generaal) of the Dutch East Indies, for which he received an annual wages of 200,000 Guilders, with the condition that he also retained his function of governor of South Brabant. On 9 May 1828 he was appointed as Minister of State, but after the Belgian Revolution he was removed from this office on 18 October 1830. On 6 October 1830, he bought Renesse Castle in Oostmalle from Count Clement-Wenceslas de Renesse-Breidbach and renovated the castle in Empire style.
In 20 July 1802, he married his first wife, Marie-Catherine de Deurwaerder, who died on 23 June 1836, He had 1 daughter and 5 sons from his first marriage:
- Clémentine-Cathérine-François du Bus de Gisignies (Bruges, 7 August 1803-Kortrijk, 18 October 1817),
- Knight Gustave-Bernard-Joseph du Bus de Gisignies (Bruges, 5 May 1807-Brussels, 23 September 1831),
- Bernard-Aimé-Léonard du Bus de Gisignies (Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, 21 June 1808 - Brussels, 6 July 1874),
- Viscount Albéric du Bus de Gisignies (Tournai, 30 May 1810-Brussels, 26 July 1874),
- Baron Chrétien-Henri-Honoré-Léonard du Bus de Gisignies (Kortrijk, 17 September 1819-Brussels, 9 June 1835),
- Viscount Constantin-Léonard-Anne-Francois-Marie-Joseph du Bus de Gisignies (Brussels, 11 October 1823-Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, 16 November 1850).
He married his second wife Marie-Antoinette van der Gracht de Fretin on 20 November 1839.
- Bart De Prins, Léonard Du Bus de Gisignies (1780–1849), Belgian Commissioner-general in the Dutch East Indies: A Reassessment, Itnerario, 2000.
- Bart de Prins, Voor Keizer en Koning, Leonard du Bus de Gisignies 1780 - 1849, Commissaris-Generaal van Nederlands-Indië, ISBN 90-5018-577-0
- L.P.J. burggraaf du Bus de Gisignies (in Dutch)
- Media related to Leonard du Bus de Gisignies at Wikimedia Commons
Godert van der Capellen
| Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Johannes van den Bosch
Jan Pieter van Wickenwoort Crommelin
| Speaker of the House of Representatives
Arnold Hendrik van Markel Bouwer