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Bourdon, Francois Louis

BOURDON, FRANCOIS LOUIS (d. 1797), known as Bourdon de l'Oise, French revolutionist, was procureur at the parlement of Paris. He ardently embraced the revolutionary doctrines and took an active part in the insurrection of the 10th of August 1792. Representing the department of the Oise in the Convention, he voted for the immediate death of the king. He accused the Girondists of relations with the court, then turned against Robespierre, who had him expelled from the Jacobin club for his conduct as commissioner of the Convention with the army of La Rochelle. On the 9th Thermidor he was one of the deputies delegated to aid Barras to repress the insurrection made by the commune of Paris in favour of Robespierre. Bourbon then became a violent reactionary, attacking the former members of the Mountain and supporting rigorous measures against the rioters of the 12th Germinal and the 1st Prairial of the year III. In the council of Five Hundred, Bourdon belonged to the party of "Clichyens," composed of disguised royalists, against whom the directors made the coup d'état of the 18th Fructidor. Bourdon was arrested and deported to French Guiana, where he died soon after his arrival.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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