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Paul-Henri Spaak

Paul-Henri SpaakBorn: 25-Jan-1899
Birthplace: Schaerbeek, Belgium
Died: 31-Jul-1972
Location of death: Brussels, Belgium
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Braine-L'Alleud Cemetery, Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Head of State

Nationality: Belgium
Executive summary: Belgian Prime Minister, NATO chief

Military service: Belgian Army (WWI, prisoner of war)

First Socialist Prime Minister of Belgium, at age 39. After the German invasion in 1940, he served in the Belgian government-in-exile in London, and was the only participant of that government to continue service after liberation. In America he was briefly the first elected chairman of the United Nations General Assembly. In postwar years he served as both Foreign Minister and Prime Minister a number of times. Spaak was instrumental in the formation of NATO as well as in the early stages of the European Community. He retired in 1966 when the Socialist party entered the opposition.

Father: (playwright)
Mother: Marie Janson (first female Belgian Senator)
Brother: Claude Spaak (b. 1904, m. Suzanne Spaak, d. 1990)
Brother: Charles Spaak
Wife: (married)
Daughter: Antoinette Spaak (president of the FDF, 1977-82, b. 1928)
Son: Fernand Spaak (diplomat, d. 19-Jul-1981 murder/suicide by his wife)
Daughter: Marie Marguerite (m. Sir Arthur Michael Palliser in 1948)
Mistress: Pauline Fairfax Potter (fashion designer, 1940s)

    Law School: Free University of Brussels (1921)

    Belgian Minister Foreign (1961-66)
    Belgian Minister Deputy Premier (1961-66)
    Secretary General of NATO 1957-61
    Belgian Minister Foreign (1954-57)
    Prime Minister of Belgium 1947-50
    Belgian Minister Foreign (1945-47)
    Prime Minister of Belgium 1946
    Belgian Minister Foreign (1939-45, in exile)
    Prime Minister of Belgium 1938-39
    Belgian Minister Foreign (1936-38)
    Belgian Minister Transportation, Posts and Telegraphs (1935-36)
    Taken Prisoner of War

Author of books:
Combats inachevés (1969, memoir, 2 vols.)


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