Dorian, Pierre Frédéric

BORN 24 Jan 1814, Montbéliard, Doubs - DIED 14 Apr 1873, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 70)

The Dorian family came from Cévennes, but after the Edict of Nantes was revoked fled to Montbéliard where their protestantism was tolerated. His parents produced tools for agriculture and he studied in Saint-Étienne at the École nationale des mines. He had several jobs and supported his friend Victor Considerant in his attempt to be elected for Montbéliard.

In 1843, with Paul Dumaine, he founded a factory of scythes and sickles at Rochetaillée. By 1849 he was the sole owner of the Ballaires factory where he employed 80 workers. In that same year he married Frédérique-Caroline Holtzer in Unieux, the daughter of the iron master Jacob Holtzer. In 1858 a new factory on the banks of the on the banks of the Semène was completed. The name of the company became Dorian-Holtzer Jackson & C and had 500 workers by 1861. He had houses built for his workers and provided them with free schools and medical services and with a library.

Dorina was a republican and he was elected into the Elected in the second constituency of Saint-Étienne in 1863. He was also the mayor of Unieux from 1860 to 1865. After the fall of the Second Empire in 1870 he was appointed Minister of Public works and he held this post until 19 February 1871. He received Gambetta twice at his château des Prairies in Fraisses. He died in Paris in 1873.

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• was visited by Gambetta, Léon


The grave of Pierre Frédéric Dorian at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (24 Oct 2014)


• Baedeker, Karl, Baedekers Paris, Nebst einigen Routen durch das Nördliche Frankreich, Verlag von Karl Baedeker, Leipzig, 1909
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Pierre-Frédéric Dorian - Wikipédia

Doris, Pierre

Published: 11 Oct 2020
Last update: 05 Apr 2022