The bust of Paul Struye (1896-1974) is prominently displayed on the landing of the staircase of the Presidency. It was during his time in office that the staterooms and offices of the Presidency were added to the Senate buildings.
Struye was President of the Senate from 1950 to 1954 and from 1958 to 1973. As an eminent jurist, he was a lawyer admitted to pleading before the Court of Cassation during the Second World War. During the occupation, he was also a journalist for the clandestine newspaper La Libre Belgique. Under the pseudonym Scipio Africanus, he continued to write articles as he had done since 1925. He was Minister of Justice for a short time in 1947.
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