Louis Eugène Cavaignac

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Cavaignac, Louis Eugène


Born Oct. 15, 1802, in Paris; died Oct. 28, 1857, at Ourne. French statesman and general. Bourgeois republican.

Cavaignac served in the conquest of Algeria from 1832; he was appointed military governor of Algeria after the Revolution of February 1848. Upon becoming French minister of war in May 1848, he led the suppression of the June uprising in Paris. Ca-vaignac’s epithet became the “butcher of the workers.” He was chief executive of the French republic until mid-December 1848.