Mirabeau, Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, count de

Mirabeau, Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, count de

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(born March 9, 1749, Bignon, near Nemours, France—died April 2, 1791, Paris) French politician and orator. Son of the economist Victor Riqueti (1715–89), he suffered his father's disfavour; often imprisoned for intrigues and wild behaviour (1774–80), he wrote several essays on prison life. In 1789 he was elected to the Estates General from the Third Estate. A skilled orator, he was popular with the people and was influential in the early years of the French Revolution. He advocated a constitutional monarchy and tried to mediate between the absolute monarchists and the revolutionaries. He was elected president of the National Assembly in 1791, but he died shortly thereafter.


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