Herriot, Edouard

Born: Jul 05, 1872 AD
Died: 1957 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Politician

1872 - Born on the 5th of July at Troyes, France.

1894 - Graduating with highest honors from the École Normale Supérieure, he rapidly acquired a reputation for outstanding scholarship and teaching.

1904 - Herriot began his active political career as municipal councilor of Lyons.

1919 - In November, Herriot resigned as senator and was elected a member of the Chamber of Deputies, where he became leader of the Radical party.

         - Won a parliamentary majority, he organized a left-wing coalition of Radicals and Socialists called the Cartel des Gauches.

1924 - He supervised the evacuation of the Ruhr and recognized the Soviet Union the following year.

1925 - His program of financial reforms was killed in the Senate, and he resigned in April.

1926-1928 - He devoted his energies to the struggle for free secondary education.

1932 - Herriot served again as prime minister from June to December after his left-leaning coalition won the parliamentary elections of that year.

1934 - Herriot served as vice-premier under Gaston Doumergue.

1935 - P. E. Flandin.

1936 - Elected president of the Chamber of Deputies.

1940 - He remained in that office until the fall of France in June.

1944 - He lived under house arrest in Lyons until he was deported to Germany.

1945 - Liberated in April by Soviet armies, Herriot returned to Lyons, where he
had already been elected mayor.

1946 - He was elected to the prestigious French Academy, and following his retirement from active politics he was made honorary life president of his beloved French Chamber of Deputies.

1947 - He was returned to his old post as president of the new National Assembly of the Fourth Republic

1955 - In June, the Soviet government awarded him its annual Peace Prize in recognition of his long advocacy of international cooperation.

1957 - Died at Lyons on the 26th of March, a patriarch venerated by virtually all Frenchmen.

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