Antoine François Momoro

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Momoro, Antoine François


Born Nov. 13, 1755, in Besangon; died Mar. 24, 1794, in Paris. Figure in the Great French Revolution; a left-wing Jacobin.

A printer by trade, Momoro settled in Paris in 1788. He was an active member of the Cordeliers Club and participated in the demonstration by Parisians demanding the overthrow of the king on the Champ de Mars on July 17, 1791, and in the popular uprising of Aug. 10, 1792. After the fall of the monarchy, Momoro was a commissioner of the insurgent Paris Commune. In 1792 he propounded ideas of egalitarianism and advanced the slogan “Liberty, equality, fraternity.”

In March 1794, Momoro was among the Hebertists arrested in connection with the attempt to organize an uprising against M. Robespierre and his supporters. Upon the sentence of the Revolutionary Tribunal he was guillotined.

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