Gaspard-Théodore-Ignace de la Fontaine
G.T.I. de la Fontaine
|Prime Minister of Luxembourg|
1 August 1848 – 6 December 1848
|Preceded by||Position Established|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Jacques Willmar|
|Born||6 January 1787|
Luxembourg, Austrian Netherlands
|Died||11 February 1871 (aged 84)|
Gaspard-Théodore-Ignace de la Fontaine (6 January 1787 – 11 February 1871) 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.
From 1807 to 1810 he studied law in Paris and in the same year became a lawyer in Luxembourg City. In 1816 he became a member of the États provinciaux. When the Belgian Revolution broke out, he supported William I, and was appointed to the government commission that controlled Luxembourg City.
From 1841 to 1848 he was the governor of the Grand-Duchy. 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. The government fell on 2 December 1849. De la Fontaine was from 1849 to 1851 a member of the council of Luxembourg City. In 1857 he was appointed the first president of the newly established Council of State, which he remained for 11 years.
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.
- Knight of the "Lion néerlandais"
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Oak Crown
- Commander of the Order of Leopold
- 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.
| Prime Minister of Luxembourg
| Administrator-General for Foreign Affairs|
| Administrator-General for Justice|
Council of State created
| President of the Council of State
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