After Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830 he became a municipal councilor on the Orangist list. In 1848 he retired from politics. Foreign many years he was Worshipful Master of the Ghent lodge Le Septentrion.
On 20 June 1886, a statue was inaugurated in front of the Court of Justice in Ghent by sculptor Julien Dillens.
In 1846 he was co-founder of the Liberal Party, which was the first political party of Belgium.