Marc-Émile Ruchet

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Marc-Emile Ruchet
Marc-Emile Ruchet

Marc-Émile Ruchet (14 September 1853, in Saint-Saphorin-sur-Morges – 13 July 1912, in Bern) was a French-speaking Swiss politician.[1]

He was elected to the Swiss Federal Council on 14 December 1899 and resigned on 9 July 1912, only four days before his death. He was affiliated with the Free Democratic Party.

While in office he held the following departments:

He was President of the Confederation twice, in 1905 and 1911.


Ruchet was born as the son of Charles, a teacher, and Lina Elise née Bäurlin. He studied law in Lausanne and Heidelberg and earned a licence[3] at Lausanne university in 1875.[1]

In the office of Louis Ruchonnet, Ruchet gained first experience in the legal area and was admitted to the bar in 1878. From 1886 until 1888 he sat on the board of directors of the Suisse Occidentale Simplon railways, and from 1890 until 1899 on the board of the Jura–Simplon Railways.[1]

Elected to the Federal Council in 1899, he minted the federal law on the forestry services (1902). After the death of his wife his bad health deteriorated further. Only a few days after stepping down in 1912, Ruchet died.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Meystre-Schaeren, Nicole (2012-05-25). "Marc Ruchet". Historical Dictionary of Switzerland. Retrieved 2023-09-12.
  2. ^ "Frühere Departmentsvorsteher/Innen".
  3. ^ The licence (German Lizenziat) equals today's MA or MSc degree, and marked the end of university studies.

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Political offices
Preceded by Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Succeeded by