Charles Longuet

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For the New Zealand mayor, see Charles Steven Longuet.
Charles and Jenny Longuet.

Charles Longuet (14 February 1839, Caen, Calvados – 5 August 1903, Paris) was a journalist and prominent figure in the French working-class movement, including the 1871 Paris Commune, as well as a Proudhonist member of the General Council of the First International or International Working Men's Association (1866–67, 1871–72). He served as Corresponding Secretary for Belgium (1866),[1] delegate to the Lausanne[2] (1867), Brussels (1868), the London Conference (1871) and the (1872).[3]

Longuet participated in the Paris Commune of 1871. He moved to England as a refugee after the defeat of the Commune. Longuet married Karl Marx's first daughter, Jenny on 2 October 1872 in London (in a civil ceremony). Together, they had six children, the first five of whom were boys (including Jean Longuet), the last a daughter.[4] He was one of the speakers at Marx's funeral.[5]

He was also the editor of the publication Journal Officiel.[6]


  1. ^ Belgian section International Working Men's Association Collection
  2. ^ Yuri Mikhailovich Steklov, History of The First International, chapter 8
  3. ^ Steklov, History of the First International, Hague chapter 14
  4. ^ Francis Wheen. 1999. Karl Marx: A Life. London: WW Norton & Company. pp.350, 379.
  5. ^ A Darwinian Gentleman at Marx's Funeral - E. Ray Lankester | Natural History | Find Articles at
  6. ^ Francis Wheen. 1999. Karl Marx: A Life. London: WW Norton & Company. p326.

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