Élie Ducommun

Politician

1833 – 1906

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Who was Élie Ducommun?

Élie Ducommun was a peace activist. He is a winner of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with Charles Albert Gobat.

Born in Geneva, he worked as a tutor, language teacher, journalist and a translator for the Swiss federal Chancellery.

In 1867 he helped to found the Ligue de la paix et de la liberté, though he continued working at other positions, including secretary for the Jura-Simplon Steel Company from 1873 to 1891. That year, he was appointed director of the newly formed Bureau international de la paix, the first non-governmental international peace organization, based in Bern. He refused to accept a salary for the position, stating that he wished to serve in this capacity solely for reasons of idealism.

His keen organizational skills ensured the group's success. He was awarded in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1902, and served as director of the organization until his death in 1906.

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Born
Feb 19, 1833
Geneva
Also known as
  • Elie Ducommun
Nationality
  • Switzerland
Profession
Died
Dec 7, 1906
Bern

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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