Arago, Dominique-François-Jean

Dominique-François-Jean Arago

b. 26 Feb 1786, Estagel, Pyrénées-Orientales
d. 2 Oct 1853, Paris

Title: Membre de la Commission du Pouvoir exécutif (Member of the Executive Power Commission)
Term: 11 May 1848 - 24 Jun 1848
Chronology: 10 May 1848, elected member of the Executive Power Commission by the Assemblée nationale constituante (Constituent National Assembly), meeting of the Assembly, Palais-Bourbon, Paris [1]
11 May 1848, assumed presidency by general consent, meeting of the Commission, Ministry of Marine, Paris [2]
24 Jun 1848, collective resignation of the Executive Power Commission submitted to the Constituent National Assembly (acknowledged) [3]
Biography:
Educated at the École Polytechnique and University of Toulouse; entered the Paris Observatory (1804); appointed one of the professors of the École Polytechnique and one of the astronomers of the Imperial Observatory; appointed director of the Paris Observatory (1830); as scientist, discovered the principle of the production of magnetism and devised an experiment that proved the wave theory of light; elected to the Chambre des députés [Chamber of Deputies] (1831-1848); elected a member of the General Council of Seine (1840-1848); known for his republican views, was nominated a member of the Provisional Government (24 Feb 1848 - 9 May 1848); appointed minister of marine and colonies (24 Feb 1848 - 11 May 1848), interim minister of war (19 Mar 1848 - 5 Apr 1848), minister of war (5 Apr 1848 - 11 May 1848); elected to the Assemblée nationale constituante [Constituent National Assembly] (1848-1849); elected (10 May 1848) a member of the Executive Power Commission; assumed presidency of the Commission (11 May 1848); elected to the Assemblée nationale législative (Legislative National Assembly) (1849-1851).
Biographical sources: Dictionnaire des parlementaires français 1789-1889,
Elections:

Candidates Votes (10 May 1848)
Dominique-François-Jean Arago 725
Louis-Antoine Garnier, dit Garnier-Pagès 715
Alexandre-Pierre-Thomas-Amable Marie de Saint-Georges, dit Marie 702
Alphonse-Marie-Louis de Lamartine 643
Alexandre-Auguste Ledru, dit Ledru-Rollin 458
absolute majority 398
votes cast 794

Election source: [1]
[1] Compte rendu des séances de l'Assemblée nationale. Tome premier. Du 4 Mai au 16 Juin 1848. (Paris: Imprimerie de l'Assemblée nationale, 1849), p. 104.
[2] Procès-verbaux du Gouvernement provisoire et de la Commission du pouvoir exécutif (1950)
[3] Compte rendu des séances de l'Assemblée nationale. Tome deuxième. Du 17 Juin au 7 Août 1848. (Paris: Imprimerie de l'Assemblée nationale, 1849), p. 189.
Image: portrait by Ary Scheffer.
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