Family tree of Alexandre GLAIS-BIZOIN

French Deputy, Senator, Constitutional Council member

FrenchBorn Alexandre Olivier GLAIS-BIZOIN

French politician

Born on March 09, 1800 in Quintin, France , France

Died on November 06, 1877 in Saint-Brieuc, France

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Alexandre Glais-Bizoin was born to a rich family from the department of Côtes-du-Nord. He was the grandson of a textiles merchant from Saint-Thélo and the son of Olivier Glais-Bizoin (1742-1801), a textiles merchant and delegate to the National Assembly of France. Alexandre completed his studies for a law degree, but after becoming a lawyer in 1822 left the bar for politics. Aligning with the left, he fought with the liberals against the House of Bourbon, restored to throne after the fall of the First Empire in 1815.

After the July Revolution of 1830, Glais-Bizoin was named to the general council (conseil général) of Côtes-du-Nord and on July 5, 1831 he was elected delegate to the National Assembly from Loudéac, a commune in Côtes-du-Nord. He joined the far-left and was repeatedly reelected during the entire reign of Louis Philippe: June 21, 1834; November 4, 1837; March 2, 1839; July 9, 1842; and August 1, 1846.


The Dictionnaire des parlementaires français describes Glais-Bizoin thus: "a determined adversary of the government's policies, he distinguished himself less by his speeches than by his interruptions." He was one of 39 delegates to support the 1832 June Rebellion, an unsuccessful republican insurrection. He pestered the established powers with questions and critiques, most of all working toward a reduction in taxes on salt and letters and the abolition of required stamps for journals. He opposed the September 1835 laws, which consolidated the power of the July Monarchy and limited certain freedoms. And contrary to most other parliamentarians, he spoke out against the retour des cendres, or the repatriation of the remains of Napoleon Bonaparte after his death in 1840. Glais-Bizoin said, "Bonapartist ideas are one of the open wounds of our time; they represent that which is most fatal to the emancipation of peoples, most contrary to the independence of the human spirit."

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