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Jean-Paul Marat

Revolutionary and Journalist Jean-Paul Marat

Profession: Revolutionary and Journalist


Biography: One of the most revolutionary voices of the French Revolution, Marat published the Friend of the People periodical in which he vigorously defended the 'Sans-culottes' or lower-class people in France.

Marat was murdered by Charlotte Corday while taking a medicinal bath, as shown in the famous Jacques-Louis David painting, The Death of Marat.

Born: May 24, 1743
Birthplace: Boudry, Prussia
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: July 13, 1793 (aged 50)
Cause of Death: Stabbing

Historical Events

  • 1789-09-12 Jean-Paul Marat publishes the first issue of his radical newspaper Le Publiciste parisien, later called L'Ami du peuple (The Friend of the People) in Paris
  • 1793-04-24 French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat is acquitted by the Revolutionary Tribunal of charges brought by the Girondin in Paris
  • 1794-09-21 Jean-Paul Marat's remains are transferred to the Panthéon in Paris, with the eulogy given by the Marquis de Sade