|Birth:||2nd February, 1807|
|Death:||31st December, 1874|
Alexandre Auguste Ledru Rollin was a French politician. He had just begun to practise at the Parisian bar before the Revolution of July 1830 and was retained for the Republican defence in most of the great political trials of the next ten years. In 1838, he bought for 330,000 francs Désiré Dalloz's place in the Court of Cassation. He was elected deputy for Le Mans in 1841 with little opposition; but the violence of his electoral speeches led to his being tried at Angers and sentenced to four months' imprisonment and a fine, against which he appealed successfully on a technical point. Ledru Rollin led The Mountain, a moderate republican grouping, to the 1849 legislative election, and secured 25% of the vote. His opposition to the policy of President Louis Napoleon, especially his Roman policy, led to his moving the impeachment of the president and his ministers. The motion was defeated, and next day he headed what he called a peaceful demonstration, and his enemies armed insurrection. Ledru Rollin died in Fontenay-aux-Roses. There is currently an avenue as well as a Paris Métro station named Ledru Rollin.
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