Waldeck-Rousseau, Pierre Marie

BORN 2 Dec 1846, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique - DIED 10 Aug 1904, Paris
BIRTH NAME Waldeck-Rousseau, Pierre Marie René Ernes
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 02)

Pierre Marie Waldeck-Rousseau was the son of René Waldeck-Rousseau, a barrister and a leader of the local republican party. As a child he had trouble with his eyesight and he was orally educated. He studied law at Portiers and Paris. After he finished his studies he waited in vain for an engagement in Paris. He returned home and joined the bar of St Nazaire in 1870. Later that year he organised the National Defence at St Nazaire. In 1873 he moved to the bar of Rennes and in 1877 he entered the Chamber of Deputies.

He became Minister of the Interioir in Gambetta's ministry in 1881 and he also held this post in Jules Ferry's ministry from 1883 to 1885. He started at the bar in Paris in 1886 and in 1889 he didn't stand for re-election to the Chamber of Deputies. In 1894 he became senator for the department of the Loire and in 1895 he ran for president against Félix Faure and Henri Bresson, retiring in favour of Faure after the first round of voting.

In 1899 president Émile Loubet asked him to form a government. During his term as prime minister Dreyfus was finally pardoned. Waldeck-Rousseau resigned in 1902 for health reasons. He died in 1904 in Paris.

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The grave of Pierre Marie Waldeck-Rousseau at the Cimetière Montmartre, Paris.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2016)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau - Wikipedia

Waldemar, Richard

Published: 11 Mar 2018
Last update: 19 Apr 2022