Waldeck-Rousseau, René

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Waldeck-Rousseau, René Gender: F
René-Valdec Rousseau
born on 27 September 1809 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Avranches, France, 48n41, 1w22
Timezone LMT m1w22 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 03°39' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 13°53 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 23°07'


French politician, father of Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau who was a statesman during the Third Republic.

During the 1848 Revolution, he was elected as a Republican deputy of Loire-Inférieure to the Constituent Assembly of April 1848 to May 1849. He then became mayor of Nantes, from 1870 to 1871 and a second time from 1872 to 1874.

With Jules Simon, Louis Blanc and others he sat on the commission appointed to inquire into the labour question during the Second Republic, making many important proposals, one of which, for the establishment of national banks, was partially realized in 1850. After the election of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte to the presidency he returned to his practice at the bar, and for some time after the coup d'état was in hiding to escape arrest.

He came back to political life in the crisis of 1870, when he became mayor of Nantes in August and took part to the proclamation of the Third Republic there on September 4. He shortly afterwards resigned municipal office in consequence of differences with his colleagues on the education question.

He died on 17 February 1882 Nantes, Loire-Atlantique.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Simon, Jules (born 27 December 1814)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites birth record quoted in "Revue de l'Avranchin et du pays de Granville - Volume 11" (1902), p. 69: "répondu par l'envoi de l'acte de naissance, à Avranches, du père de l'ancien Président du Conseil : Du 27 septembre 1809, à 6 h. dû soir, Acte de naissance de René-Valdec Rousseau né aujourd'hui à 5 h. du matin, fils de M. Charles Rousseau ..."


  • Vocation : Law : Other Law (Barrister)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Mayor of Nantes, 1870-1871, 1872-1874)