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Martin Nadaud

Revolutionary and politician

1815   -   1898

country of citizenship: France
native language: French
languages spoken, written or signed: French
occupation: politician
position held: member of the French National Assembly, Prefect of Creuse

Martin Nadaud (17 November 1815, Soubrebost, Creuse – 28 December 1898) rose from being a peasant boy to becoming a revolutionary and Member of Parliament. His first language was Langue d'oc and he learned French while working in Paris as a stonemason from the age of 14. He avoided being drafted into the army for seven years service due to injuries from a fall on a Paris building site and local connections with a sympathetic doctor. He escaped to England after the French Revolution of 1848 and lived there for eighteen years, becoming a schoolmaster in Wimbledon under the assumed name of Henri Geo. Martin. He also was initiated as a freemason in that time.As a member of the Parliament of France, he advocated better public transport and public services. A station of the Paris Métro was named after him but was absorbed by a renovated Gambetta station in 1969. His story is told in Gillian Tindall's book The Journey of Martin Nadaud – A Life and Turbulent Times (Pimlico, 2000).
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