Alfred Léon Gérault-Richard
1860 – 1911
Who was Alfred Léon Gérault-Richard?
Gérault-Richard began life as a working upholsterer, first at Le Mans, and then at Paris, where his peasant and socialist songs won him fame in the Montmartre quarter. Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray, the communard, offered him a position on La Bataille, and he became a regular contributor to the progressive journals, especially to La Petite République, of which he became editor-in-chief in 1897.
In 1893 he founded Le Chambard, and was imprisoned for a year for a personal attack upon the president, Jean Casimir-Perier. In January 1895 he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies as a member of the Socialist Party for the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Gérault-Richard was defeated at the elections of 1898 at Paris, but was twice re-elected by the colony of Guadeloupe. He died in Fréjus.
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