Auguste-Louis-Albéric, prince d'Arenberg

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Auguste Louis Albéric, Prince of Arenberg

Auguste Louis Albéric, Prince of Arenberg (15 September 1837 – 24 January 1924) was a French noble and monarchist politician, born in Paris. Third son of Pierre d'Alcantara Charles Marie, duc d'Arenberg and Alix de Talleyrand-Périgord, he inherited his father's title because of his older brothers' premature deaths.

He was noted for his great wealth and extensive properties throughout France, in particular at Menetou-Salon (Cher).

Life and career[edit]

Arenberg served in the Chamber of Deputies from 1877 to 1881. He was elected as the official candidate of the MacMahon government, winning the poll due to the abstention of republican voters disenchanted with his predecessor. In the Chamber, he voted consistently with the monarchist Right and conservatives. He voted against the legalization of divorce.

Returned to parliament as a monarchist candidate again in 1889, Arenberg continued his opposition to republican government. After Rerum novarum and Pope Leo XIII's recognition of the Third Republic, however, Arenberg changed his rhetoric, campaigning in 1893 as a "liberal republican". In the Chamber, he concentrated on colonial issues, in particular those concerning Africa; among his projects were securing free navigation of the Niger River and delineating Anglo-French colonial boundaries.

Defeated in the 1902 elections and failing to secure reelection again in 1906, Arenberg retired from politics, but remained active in public life. He was the first president of the procolonial Comité de l'Afrique française and remained active with the organization until his death. A convinced Catholic himself, during 1895 he was one of the organizers of a failed attempt to build a mosque in Paris through private donations. From 1896 he was also president of the Compagnie universelle du canal maritime de Suez, and he was a member of the Institut de France (Académie des beaux-arts) from 1897.

Arenberg was married to Jeanne Marie Louise de Greffulhe there on 18 June 1868. He had four children:

  • Alix Jeanne Marie (Paris, 15 April 1869–Paris, 7 December 1924)
  • Charles-Louis Pierre (Menetou-Salon, 14 August 1871–Paris, 3 August 1919)
  • Louise Marie Charlotte (Menetou-Salon, 23 November 1872–Paris, 24 October 1958)
  • Ernest Hélie Charles Marie (Paris, 3 March 1886–Château de Combreux, 21 May 1915)[1]


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