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Jules-Albert DE DION

French Jules-Albert DE DION

born Jules Philippe Félix Albert DE DION WANDONNE DE MALFIANCE

Pioneer of the automobile industry in France

Source :  Vendée Militaire

Born: on March 10, 1856 in Nantes, France
Died: on August 19, 1946 in Paris, France


Jules-Albert was the heir of a leading French noble family, in 1901 succeeding his father Louis Albert William Joseph de Dion de Wandonne as Count and later Marquis. A "notorious duellist", he also had a passion for mechanics. He had already built a model steam engine when, in 1881, he saw one in a store window and asked about building another. The engineers, Georges Bouton and his brother-in-law, Charles Trépardoux, had a shop in Léon where they made scientific toys. Needing money for Trépardoux's long-time dream of a steam car, they acceded to De Dion's request.

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