|POLITICIAN, WRITER, MAYOR (FRANCE)|
BORN 5 Jul 1872, Troyes, Aube - DIED 26 Mar 1957, Saint-Genis-Laval, Lyon|
GRAVE LOCATION Lyon: Cimetière de Loyasse, 43, rue du Cardinal-Gerlier (Allée 3)
Édourd Herriot was born in Troyes as the son of an army officer. He received a grant that enabled him to study and as a man of letters he became a professor in Nancy and then Lyon. There he supported Zola during the Dreyfuss affair and he founded a branch of the ligue des Droits de l’Homme at Lyon.
In 1905 he succeeded Augnageur as mayor of Lyon for the parti radical socialiste. He would hold this position until 1957. During the war he was deported because of his hostile attitude against the Vichy government, but in 1945 he was re-elected. In 1946 he inherited Octave Aubry's chair at the Académie Française.
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