Victor de Tornaco

Baron Victor de Tornaco (5 July 1805 – 28 September 1875) was a Luxembourg politician. An Orangist, he was the fourth Prime Minister of Luxembourg, serving for seven years, from 26 September 1860 until 3 December 1867.

Victor de Tornaco
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Prime Minister of Luxembourg
In office
26 September 1860 – 3 December 1867
MonarchWilliam III
Preceded byCharles-Mathias Simons
Succeeded byEmmanuel Servais
Personal details
Born5 July 1805
Arlon, France
DiedSeptember 28, 1875(1875-09-28) (aged 70)
Voordt, Belgium
Political partyIndependent


His parents were Charles Auguste de Tornaco and Elisabeth de Berlo-Suys (1775-1856).

He studied in Paris at the Ecole polytechnique. In the years after the Belgian Revolution of 1830 he supported William I, King of the Netherlands and Grand-Duke of Luxembourg.[1] From 1841 to 1848 he was a member of the Assembly of Estates.[1]

He was elected to represent the canton of Esch-sur-Alzette on the Constituent Assembly, in 1848.[2] From 1848 to 1856 he was a member of the Chamber of Deputies, and from 1857 to 1860 of the re-established Assembly of Estates.[1]

After the resignation of Charles-Mathias Simons, on 26 September 1860 he was appointed prime minister and Director-General (Minister) for Foreign Affairs and until 1864 also for public transport. On 11 May 1867 he and Emmanuel Servais signed the Second Treaty of London, which had far-reaching consequences for Luxembourg.

On 3 December 1867 the De Tornaco government lost a parliament vote. They had been accused by the opposition of taking a too passive role at the negotiations in London. He was succeeded by Emmanuel Servais. De Tornaco was from 3 December 1867 to 20 June 1872 a member of the council of state.

Victor Tornaco lived in Sanem Castle, which his family owned from 1753 to 1950. He died on 28 September 1875 at the castle of Voordt in the Belgian province of Limburg;[1] he was buried in the family tomb in Sanem.


before 1866.

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
  2. ^ (in French and German) "Mémorial A, 1848, No. 38" (PDF). Service central de législation. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  3. ^ British and Foreign State Papers, Volume 57, p. 33
  4. ^ British and Foreign State Papers, Volume 57, p. 33
  5. ^ British and Foreign State Papers, Volume 57, p. 33
  6. ^ British and Foreign State Papers, Volume 57, p. 33
  7. ^ British and Foreign State Papers, Volume 57, p. 33
  8. ^ British and Foreign State Papers, Volume 57, p. 33
Political offices
Preceded by
Théodore Pescatore
President of the Chamber of Deputies
1st time

Succeeded by
Jean-Mathias Wellenstein
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Toutsch
President of the Chamber of Deputies
2nd time

Succeeded by
Norbert Metz
Preceded by
Charles-Mathias Simons
Prime Minister of Luxembourg
Succeeded by
Emmanuel Servais
Director-General for Foreign Affairs
Director-General for Public Works
Succeeded by
Ernest Simons