Georges Danton

Georges Jacques Danton (French: [ʒɔʁʒ dɑ̃tɔ̃]; 26 October 1759 – 5 April 1794) was a leading figure in the early stages of the French Revolution, in particular as the first president of the Committee of Public Safety. Danton's role in the onset of the Revolution has been disputed; many historians describe him as "the chief force in the overthrow of the French monarchy and the establishment of the First French Republic".[1] He was guillotined by the advocates of revolutionary terror after accusations of venality and leniency toward the enemies of the Revolution.

Georges Danton
Georges-Jacques Danton. Musée Carnavalet, Paris
Member of the Committee of Public Safety
In office
6 April 1793  10 July 1793
Preceded byOffice created
Minister of Justice
In office
10 August 1792  9 October 1792
Preceded byÉtienne Dejoly
Succeeded byDominique Joseph Garat
23rd President of the National Convention
In office
25 July 1793  8 August 1793
Preceded byJean Bon Saint-André
Succeeded byMarie-Jean Hérault de Séchelles
Deputy in the National Convention
In office
20 September 1792  5 April 1794
President of the Committee of Public Safety
In office
6 April 1793  10 July 1793
Personal details
Born(1759-10-26)26 October 1759
Arcis-sur-Aube, Kingdom of France
Died5 April 1794 (aged 34)
Paris, First French Republic
Cause of deathExecution by guillotine
Political partyThe Mountain (1792–1794)
Other political
Cordeliers Club (1790–1791)
Jacobin Club[1] (1791–1794)
(m. 1787; died 1793)

Louise Sébastienne Gély
(m. 1793)
ParentsJacques Danton
Mary Camus
OccupationLawyer, politician