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Maurice Geûens (Bruges1883 - 4 may 13 October 1967) was a Belgian lawyer and politician. He was municipal councillor and ships of Bruges and Member of Parliament.

Life Course[Edit]Edit

Geûens was the son of lawyer and advocate Alphonse Geûens (1847-1925) and of Marie Saki. Promoted to doctor in the rights (1906) and Licentiate in the thomistische philosophy, he established himself as a lawyer in Bruges. In 1934-36 and a second time in 1858-59 (after the sudden death of Victor S), he was President of the bar of the Bruges Desk. He got a flattering reputation as an orator and also wrote numerous articles, especially in the local newspapers, including the Catholic La Patrie.

After becoming the local medium-sized organization had reformed and there had become President, he stepped in 1921 in politics. He was elected to City Council and immediately thereupon ships with the trade and industry portfolio. In 1924 he moved to finance, which he remained until after the Second World War.

From July to november 1941, he was Deputy Mayor, after the deposition of Mayor Victor Van Hoestenberghe. Geûens continued as ships act even after Large Bruges was established under the Mayor of the Flemish nationalist (VNVJoseph Dee. In november 1942, however, he resigned, along with his colleagues Pierre Vandamme and Prosper Dewulf. After the liberation , it was rated as ' stay too long ' by the then liberal Minister of the Interior Adolphe Glabbeke's and the three aldermen were suspended. For Geûens, this meant the end of his municipal career and he introduced himself no longer standing again regarding the local elections of 1946.

Maurice Geûens was first elected to Parliament on the list of the Catholic party on 27 november 1931 and this to 24 May 1936. He represented the middle-class wing within the party. On 2 april 1939 he was again elected and continued to fulfill the duties until 17 February 1946, with the period of non-activity during the war. During the battle 1940 he drew not with most members of Parliament who in France (Limoges) met. He chose, just as Mayor Victor Van Hoestenberghe, to its municipal mandate and responsibility to give priority.

In Geûens the attention of Parliament went mainly to government finance, agriculture, trade and industry and the local interests. At the legislative elections of 1946 he was not a candidate more.

Literature[Edit]Edit

  • Koen RAHMAN, Lexicon of the parliamentarians of the District of Bruges, 1830-1995, Bruges, 2006.
  • Andries VAN DEN ABEELE, the bar of Bruges. History of the order of lawyers in the judicial district of Bruges, Bruges, 2009.

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