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Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)
Sesquicentennial of the Death of Alexis de Tocqueville
(1805-1859)

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) was an enormously influential French political philosopher, politician, and historian. After a trip to the U.S. in 1831 to observe the penal system he wrote Democracy in America (1835). He served as a member of parliament in the July Monarchy and the 1848 Revolution, writing an important memoir about the events of that upheaval. His last major work was a unfinished history of The Ancien Régime and the Revolution (1856).

[For further reading see 19th Century French Liberalism]