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LABOULAYE, Edouard Rene Lefevre, French author, born in Paris, 18 January, 1811; died there, 25 May, 1883. He studied law while following a mechanical trade, and in 1842 was admitted to practice at Paris. In 1849 he was chosen professor of comparative legislation in the College of France. In 1871 he was elected to the national assembly for the department of the Seine, and as secretary of the committee of thirty on the constitution he combated the Monarchists effectually. In 1875 he was elected a life senator, and in 1876 he was appointed administrator of the College of France, resuming' his lectures on comparative legislation in 1877. He was a careful observer of the politics of the United States, and an admirer of its constitution, and during the civil war was a zealous advocate of the National cause. Among other works, he wrote " Political History of the United States" (3 vols., Paris, 1855-'66); " The United States and France" (1862); " Paris en Amerique" (1863; English translation, New York, 1863); and " Memoirs of Franklin" (1866-'7). He also translated into French the works of William Ellery Channing.
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