Salomon Bédarrides

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Salomon Bédarrides
Born February 18, 1809
Aix-en-Provence, France
Died September 29, 1886
Aix-en-Provence, France
Residence 9 rue Beauvezet
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Nationality French
Occupation Lawyer
Politician
Relatives Jassuda Bédarrides (brother)
Benjamin Abram (nephew)

Salomon Bédarrides (1809-1886) was a French lawyer and politician. He served as the mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1877 to 1884.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Salomon Bédarrides was born in a Jewish family on February 18, 1809 in Aix-en-Provence.[1] His brother, Jassuda Bédarrides (1804-1882), served as the Mayor of Aix from 1858 to 1859.[1]

Career[edit]

He started his career as a lawyer in Aix.[1]

A supporter of the Republic, he decided to follow in his brother's footsteps and embark upon a career in politics. He was left-wing, and a Freemason.[1][2] He was elected to the town council in 1870.[1] He served as the Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1877 to 1884.[1] As such, he was the second Jewish Mayor of this city, the first being his brother. One of his first decisions, taken on Novembre 8, 1876, was to rename the Cours Mirabeau as such.[1] He reduced the debt the town has incurred and purchased more books for the public library.[1] He commissioned the destruction of the Rue des Cardeurs and vowed to improve the lives of the poor in the town.[1] He also commissioned the construction of the Lycée Mignet, a secondary school.[1]

He received the Knighthood of the Legion of Honour on August 12, 1880.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He resided at number 9 on the rue Beauvezet in Aix.[1]

Death[edit]

He died on September 29, 1886 in Aix-en-Provence.[1]

Legacy[edit]

The Rue Bédarrides in Aix-en-Provence is named in his honour and his brother's.[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Les Rues d'Aix
  2. ^ Gilles Pollet, Élites et pouvoirs locaux: la France du Sud-Est sous la Troisième République : actes des journées d'études, Lyon, 21 et 22 mars 1996, Presses universitaires de Lyon, 1999, p. 196 [1]
  3. ^ Google Maps
Political offices
Preceded by
Eugène de Mougins de Roquefort
Mayor of Aix-en-Provence
1877-1884
Succeeded by
Henri Tassy