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FrenchBorn Lucie-Simplice-Camille-Benoist DESMOULINS

French journalist and politician who played an important role in the French Revolution

Born on March 02, 1760 in Guise, France , France

Died on April 05, 1794 in Paris, France

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Desmoulins was born at Guise, Aisne, in Picardy. His father was lieutenant-general of the bailliage of Guise, and through the efforts of a friend obtained a scholarship for his son at the Collège Louis-le-Grand in Paris. Entering the school, which Maximilien Robespierre and Louis-Marie Stanislas Fréron also attended at the time, at fourteen, Desmoulins was an accomplished student. It is here that his love for the classics, such as Cicero, Tacitus and Livy would prosper. Destined by his father for the law, he was admitted as a lawyer of the parlement of Paris in 1785. However, he did not do well, as he had a violent manner and a serious stammer. This prompted him to turn towards writing. His interest in public affairs led him to a career in politics.

In March 1789, Desmoulins was nominated deputy from the bailliage of Guise. He came to Laon as a commissioner for the election of deputies to the Estates-General. As a spectator of the procession of the Three Estates on May 5, 1789, Desmoulins wrote a response, an Ode aux Etats Generaux and later Mirabeau enlisted him to write for his newspaper, although it was ephemeral, for it was banned by royal decree on May 6, 1789.


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