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Originally appearing in Volume V26, Page 845 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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COMTE CLAIR ANTOINE THIBAUDEAU (1765—1854), French politician, was born on the 23rd of March 1765, the son of Antoine de Thibaudeau (1739—1813), a lawyer of Poitiers and a deputy to the States-General of 1789. He was admitted to the bar in 1787, and in 1789 accompanied his father to the States-General at Versailles. When he returned to Poitiers in October he immediately set up a local revolutionary club, and in 1792 was returned as a deputy to the Convention. Thibaudeau joined the party of the Mountain and voted for the death of Louis XVI. unconditionally. Nevertheless he incurred a certain amount of suspicion because he declined to join the Jacobin Club. In May 1793 he was on a special mission in the west and prevented his department from joining the Federalist movement. Thibaudeau occupied himself more particularly with educational business, notably in the organization of the museum of the Louvre. It was he who secured the inclusion of Tom Paine's name in the amnesty of Girondist deputies. Secretary and then president of the Convention for a short period, he served on the Committee of Public Safety and of Generaly Security. After the insurrection of 13 Vendb- The special value of Thibaudeau's works arises from the fact that he wrote only of those events of which he had personal know-ledge, and that he quotes with great accuracy Napoleon's actual words. His Memoires sur le Consulat has been translated into English, with introduction and necessary notes, by G. K. Fortescue with the title of Bonaparte and the Consulate (1908). Among the papers left by Thibaudeau were documents entitled Ma Biographic and Memoires avant ma nomination d la Convention. These were published in a small volume (Paris and Niort, 1875) which includes a list of his works and of the narrative of his life.,
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