Edme Marie Gustave Tridon

On this date in 1841, Edme Marie Gustave Tridon was born in France. He prepared for the law, but, as he came from a wealthy family, never practiced it. His 1864 study of the Hebertists was seized by police. For founding and editing Le Candide, described as a Voltairean publication, Tridon was sentenced to 6 months in prison. His new publication, La Critique, which he founded after his release, was also censored, and in 1867 he spent five months in prison. After he was prosecuted once more in 1870, Tridon escaped to Belgium, and was deported in absentia. Tridon returned when the Revolution occurred, and was elected to the National Assembly, but was forced to flee once more to Belgium. Dispirited, he committed suicide. Freethought biographer Joseph McCabe wrote: "Tridon was a fine type of the militant Frenchman of the days of reaction: a rich man who faced prison and exile cheerfully for others. His Rationalist views are best seen in his Molochisme Juif (1884, posthumously published) and articles in La Libre Pensee" (A Biographical Dictionary of Modern Rationalists). D. 1871.

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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