Agénor Bardoux

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Agénor Bardoux
(unknown photographer, unknown date, probably before 1880).

Agénor Bardoux (Bourges, Cher, 15 January 1829 – Paris, 23 November 1897) was a French statesman and republican, son of Jacques Bardoux (Moulins, 3 February 1795 - Clermont-Ferrand, 8 January 1871) and wife Thérèse Pignet (Limoges, 6 April 1807 - St. Saturnin, 25 March 1883).

A native of Bourges, he was established as an advocate in Clermont-Ferrand, and did not hesitate to proclaim his Republican sympathies. In 1871 he was elected deputy of the French National Assembly, and re-elected in 1876 and in 1877. In the chamber he was president of the group of the centre-left, standing strongly for the republic but against anti-clericalism. In the republican chamber elected after May 16, 1877, he became minister of public instruction (December 1877), and proposed various republican laws, notably on compulsory primary education. He resigned in 1879. He was not re-elected in 1881, but in December 1882 was named senator for life.

Married in Montpellier on 15 July 1873 Clémence Villa (Millau, 26 December 1847 - Paris, 2 December 1939), daughter of Achille Villa (Millau, 17 April 1818 - Millau, 7 April 1901) and wife Sophie Bimar (Montpellier, 13 October 1824 - Montpellier, 6 February 1885), by whom he had at least one son, the French senator and academic Achille Octave Marie Jacques Bardoux. One of his descendants, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (born 1926) was president of France from 1974 until 1981.

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