Guillaume Henri Dufour, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Guillaume Henri Dufour

Swiss army officer, bridge engineer and topographer (1787-1875)

Date of Birth: 15-Sep-1787

Place of Birth: Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Date of Death: 14-Jul-1875

Profession: military personnel, engineer, politician, urban planner, cartographer, civil engineer

Nationality: Switzerland

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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About Guillaume Henri Dufour

  • Guillaume Henri Dufour (15 September 1787 – 14 July 1875) was a Swiss army officer, bridge engineer and topographer.
  • He served under Napoleon I and held the office of General four times in career, with the first being in 1847 when he led the Swiss forces to victory against the Sonderbund.
  • In 1864, Dufour presided over the First Geneva Convention which established the International Red Cross.
  • He was founder and president of the Swiss Federal Office of Topography from 1838 to 1865. The Dufourspitze (the highest mountain in Switzerland) in the Monte Rosa Massif is named after Dufour.

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