Historical Figures

Pétion de Villeneuve Jerome (1756 - 1794)

Deputy to the States General in 1789, he stood out on the far left of the Constituent Assembly alongside Robespierre , his companion. On their return from Varennes, the two accomplices are called "The inflexible and the incorruptible". He became mayor of Paris in 1791 and moved closer to the Gironde, he remained neutral during the September massacres. He was then president of the Convention while directing the Jacobins club. He was included in the Girondin outlaws of June 2, 1793 and escaped. He tried in vain to raise Normandy and took refuge in Bordeaux where, hunted down, he committed suicide. His body will be found in the woods, half devoured by wolves.