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Lasource, Marc-David

Marc-David Alba, dit Lasource

b. 22 Jan 1763, (near?) Anglès, Haut-Languedoc (now Tarn)
d. 31 Oct 1793, Paris

Title: Président de la Convention nationale (President of the National Convention)
Term: 18 Apr 1793 - 2 May 1793
Chronology: 18 Apr 1793, elected, assumed the chair immediately upon the proclamation of election, session of the Convention, Salle du Manège, Paris [1]
2 May 1793, ceased to exercise the functions of office upon the election of a successor [2]
Names/titles: In some sources first name recorded as Marie-David; La Source (Lasource) is a nom de guerre adopted by Alba as a Protestant priest prosecuted by official authorities
Studied theology at the seminary of Lausanne and received a certificate of consecration on 18 Jun 1784; held the position of secretary at the provincial synod of Haut-Languedoc (1 May 1788); was a Protestant minister at Castres; elected (30 Aug 1791) as a representative of the département of Tarn to the Assemblée nationale (National Assembly) (1791-1792); appointed a member of the Commission extraordinaire des Douze (Extraordinary Commission of Twelve) (12 Aug 1792 - 21 Sep 1792); elected (3 Sep 1792) to the Convention nationale (National Convention) (1792-1793) as a deputy for Tarn; was associated with the Girondins; voted for the death sentence in the trial of King Louis XVI; was sent on a mission to Nice and called for unification of this city with France; member of the Comité de sûreté générale (Committee of General Security) (24 Jan 1793 - Apr 1793); elected President of the National Convention (18 Apr 1793 - 2 May 1793); accused Georges Danton of complicity in the treason of Dumouriez (1 Apr 1793); proscribed (2 Jun 1793) and condemned to death by the revolutionary tribunal (30 Oct 1793); guillotined (31 Oct 1793).
Biographical sources: Dictionnaire des Conventionnels, 376-377; Dictionnaire des parlementaires français 1789-1889, 1:26-27.

Candidate Votes (18 Apr 1793)
Marc-David Alba, dit Lasource 213
voters/absolute majority 305/153
Source of electoral results: Archives parlementaires - Série 1, 62:685; Procès-verbal de la Convention nationale, 10:48.

[1] Archives parlementaires - Série 1, 62:685; Procès-verbal de la Convention nationale, 10:48
[2] Archives parlementaires - Série 1, 64:24; Procès-verbal de la Convention nationale, 11:24.