Philippe Buchez

1796 – 1865 • France


Philippe Buchez, an active member of the French Carbonari anti-Bourbon secret society in 1822, became a doctor in 1825 and founded the influential Social Christian movement of the 1830s

Buchez inspired the workers’ cooperative movement of the 1840s. In May 1848 he became the first president of a French Assembly elected by (male) universal suffrage. His presidency last 18 days.

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