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Julien D'Andrimont

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Julien D'Andrimont (1834-1891)

1891 Obituary [1]

JULIEN D'ANDRIMONT was the son of a well-known manufacturer in Liege, Belgium, and was born in that city on the 27th October 1834. He was a pupil for some time at the Royal Academy of Liege, and subsequently studied at the School of Mines in the same town, obtaining there, on the 25th August 1856, his diploma as an engineer. At a later date he travelled for a considerable time in different Continental countries, with the double purpose of acquiring foreign languages, and making himself familiar with the conditions of mining and manufacturing industry. Subsequently he became engineer to the great collieries of Hazard, near Liege, to which he also for a number of years acted as managing director, and where he is now succeeded by his son, M. Paul D'Andrimont.

M. D'Andrimont was elected Burgomaster of Liege on 20th August 1867, in succession to M. Piercet, and he continued to hold that position until the 7th May 1870. At a later date - namely, on 21st November 1885 - on the retirement of M. Warnant, he was called upon to fill an interregnum as Burgomaster; he continued to do so until the 22nd February 1886. He had, however, for a number of years previously interested himself largely in local affairs, and had, indeed, entered the Town Council of Liege for the first time in October 1860. M. D'Andrimont was elected Provincial Councillor for the Canton de Fleron, and held that position from May 1867 to the 14th June 1890. He was for some years a member of the Chamber of Representatives, from which body he was translated, in 1878, to the Senate, and he has since that year continuously sat in that distinguished assembly.

M. D'Andrimont represented Belgium at the Paris Exposition of 1878, and again at the International Exhibition at Amsterdam. He was for about twenty-five years President of the well-known Societe la Legiar, and it was recently in contemplation to offer him a banquet to celebrate his long connection with that Society, but his illness and subsequent death prevented the execution of the project.

For many years he had taken a lively interest in the Societe de Litterature. He took a prominent part in the reception and entertainment of the Iron and Steel Institute at the Liege meeting of 1873, since which time he has been a member of the Institute.

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