Armand Barbès, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Armand Barbès

French Republican revolutionary

Date of Birth: 18-Sep-1809

Place of Birth: Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, France

Date of Death: 26-Jun-1870

Profession: lawyer, politician

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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About Armand Barbès

  • Armand Barbès (18 September 1809 – 26 June 1870) was a French Republican revolutionary and a fierce and steadfast opponent of the July monarchy (1830–1848).
  • He is remembered as a man whose life centers on two days: 12 May 1839, the day of the uprising in which the Republicans tried to overthrow the king, Louis Philippe.
  • His ill-considered actions on this day led to a sentence of life imprisonment; he was, however, released by the revolution of 1848; and 15 May 1848, the day when demonstrators invaded the Assemblée Nationale, where Barbès had been serving, for only about three weeks, as a deputy.
  • The demonstrators' ostensible aim was to urge the government to exercise whatever influence it could in support of the liberation of Poland.
  • Things got out of hand, however, and Barbès got caught up in what was perceived to be a coup d'état through the imposition of a provisional government.Barbès was again imprisoned, but he was pardoned by Napoleon III in 1854.
  • He fled into exile in the Netherlands, where he died on 26 June 1870, only weeks before the end of the Second Empire in France. A most colorful character, he was nicknamed the Bayard of Democracy, presumably in honor of the chevalier, Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (1476–1524).
  • He was also known as the "peerless conspirator", and a modern historian has called him "a man of action without a program." Barbès is today the very paradigm of the nineteenth-century "romantic revolutionary" type, courageous, generous, and a true democrat.
  • He was called the "scourge of the establishment" by Karl Marx.

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