Étienne Clavière (27 January 1735 – 8 December 1793) was a Swiss-born French financier and politician of the French Revolution.
Étienne Clavière (Album du Centenaire)
Geneva and London [ edit ]
A native of
Geneva, he became one of the democratic leaders of the Geneva Republic, and in 1782 was forced to take refuge to the Kingdom of Great Britain, after the armed interference of France, the Kingdom of Sardinia and Berne in favour of the patrician party.
There, he met other Swiss, among them
Jean-Paul Marat and Étienne Dumont, but their plans for a new Geneva in Ireland —which the government of William Pitt the Younger favoured— were given up when Jacques Necker came to power in France, and Clavière, with most of his comrades, went to Paris.
French Revolution [ edit ]
In 1789, he and Dumont allied themselves with
Honoré Mirabeau, secretly collaborating for him on the and also preparing speeches for Mirabeau to deliver - this association with Clavière sustained Mirabeau's reputation as a financier. He was one of the members of the Courrier de Provence Abolitionism in France Society of the Friends of the Blacks and of the Jacobin Club.
Clavière also published some
pamphlets under his own name, and through these and his friendship with Jacques Pierre Brissot, whom he had met in London, he was Minister of Finance in the Girondist ministry, from March to 12 June 1792 (as a suppleant member of the Legislative Assembly for Seine, and supported by Jacques Pierre Brissot).
After 10 August (the
storming of the Tuileries Palace) he was again given charge of the finances in the provisional executive council, but could not offer a remedy to France's difficulties. Clavière shared in the fall of the Girondists, being arrested on 2 June 1793, but, for unknown reasons, was not placed on trial with the rest in October. He remained in prison until 8 December, when, on receiving notice that he was to appear on the next day before the Revolutionary Tribunal, he committed suicide.
References [ edit ]
Jacques de Beaune, lord de Semblançay
Jean du Thiers, lord de Beauregard
Claude d'Annebault André Guillart
Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine
Artus de Cossé-Brissac and Louis d'Ongnyes, comte de Chaulnes
René de Birague
Pomponne de Bellièvre François d'O
Maximilien de Béthune, duc de Sully
Henri de Schomberg, comte de Nanteuil Charles, marquis de La Vieuville
Jean Bochart de Champigny and Michel de Marillac Antoine Coëffier de Ruzé, marquis d'Effiat
Claude de Bullion and Claude Bouthillier Claude Bouthillier
Nicolas de Bailleul and
Claude de Mesmes, comte d'Avaux
Michel Particelli d'Emery
Armand-Charles de La Porte, maréchal-duc de La Meilleraye Michel Particelli d'Emery and Claude de Mesmes, comte d'Avaux
René de Longueil, marquis de Maisons Charles, duc de La Vieuville
Abel Servien and Nicolas Fouquet Nicolas Fouquet
Free French (1941–1944)