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born Auguste SCHEURER

Chemist, industrialist and French politician

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Born: on February 11, 1833 in Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, France
Died: on September 19, 1899 in Bagnères-de-Luchon, Haute-Garonne, France


Auguste Scheurer-Kestner (11 February 1833 in Mulhouse (Haut Rhin)[1] – 19 September 1899 in Bagnères-de-Luchon (Haute Garonne)) was a chemist, industrialist, a Protestant and an Alsatian politician. He was the uncle by marriage of the wife of Jules Ferry.[2]

He was a Republican and opposed the Empire of Napoleon III. He was elected member of for Haut Rhin on 2 July 1871 and became senator for life on 15 September 1875. Twenty years later, he was the last representative of the Alsace French Parliament. A close friend of Georges Clemenceau and Léon Gambetta, he provided the greater part of the funds for the publication of The French Republic newspaper that ran from 1879 to 1884. In 1894, Auguste Scheurer-Kestner as Senior Vice-President of the Senate was considered a moral authority in politics.

His brother, Julius Scheurer, stayed in Alsace under German occupation. He was Senator for the Haut Rhin department from 1920 to 1927.

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