Antoine Aude

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Antoine Aude
Born January 17, 1799
Aix-en-Provence, France
Died March 19, 1870
Aix-en-Provence, France
Nationality French
Occupation Lawyer
Spouse(s) Thérèse Heiriès
Children Philippe Félix Sextius Aude
Parents Antoine-Laurent-Michel Aude

Antoine Aude (1799-1870) was a French lawyer and politician. He served as the Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1835 to 1848.


Early life[edit]

Antoine Aude was born on January 17, 1799 in Aix-en-Provence.[1] His father, Antoine-Laurent-Michel Aude, was a lawyer at the Parliament of Aix-en-Provence before the French Revolution, then a Professor of Law, and he worked for the city council during the Revolution.[1][2] He studied the Law alongside François-Auguste Mignet (1796-1884) and Adolphe Thiers (1797-1877).[2]


He started his career as a lawyer in Aix.

He decided to embark upon a career in politics. He served as an advisor to the Mayor, Joseph Chambaud, during the cholera epidemic of 1835.[1] He went on to serve as the Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1835 to 1848.[1][2] During his tenure, he brought gas lighting to the town, commissioned the construction of a canal built by François Zola (1796-1847), conceived the Canal du Verdon for water distribution (since then replaced by the Canal de Provence), commissioned the construction of a railroad track from Aix to Rognac, and established the Faculty of Letters, the Ecole Nationale des Arts et Métiers and a mental asylum.[1] He also conceived the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle Aix-en-Provence, together with his son.[1]

He stepped down during the French Revolution of 1848, when he handed it over to Émile Ollivier (1825–1913).[1][2] Shortly after, Jassuda Bédarrides would become the next Mayor of Aix.

He received the Knighthood of the Legion of Honour for his public service.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Thérèse Heiriès (1804-1851).[1] They had a son:

  • Philippe Félix Sextius Aude (1836-1912).[1]

He died on March 19, 1870.[1]


  • The Rue Antoine Aude in Aix-en-Provence is named in his honour.[1][3] Formerly known as the Rue de l'Official, it changed its name in 1870.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Les Rues d'Aix
  2. ^ a b c d e Henri Barré, Les Bouches-du-Rhône  : 11 : Encyclopédie départementale : Biographies, Marseille: Paul Masson, 1913, p. 31
  3. ^ a b André Bouyala d'Arnaud, Évocation du vieil Aix-en-Provence, Paris: Edition de Minuit, 1964, p. 101

Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Chambaud
Mayor of Aix-en-Provence
Succeeded by
Jassuda Bédarrides