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Alexis de Tocqueville
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1850 portrait by Théodore Chassériau
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
2 June 1849 – 30 October 1849
Prime Minister Odilon Barrot
Preceded by Édouard Drouyn de Lhuys
Succeeded by Alphonse de Rayneval
Member of the National Assembly
for Manche
In office
25 April 1848 – 3 December 1851
Preceded by Léonor-Joseph Havin
Succeeded by Hervé de Kergorlay
Constituency Sainte-Mère-Église
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
for Manche
In office
7 March 1839 – 23 April 1848
Preceded by Jules Polydore Le Marois
Succeeded by Gabriel-Joseph Laumondais
Constituency Valognes
Personal details
Alexis Charles Henri Clérel de Tocqueville

(1805-07-29)29 July 1805
Paris, French Empire
Died 16 April 1859(1859-04-16) (aged 53)
Cannes, French Empire
Political party Movement Party
Party of Order
Mary Mottley
(m. 1835; died 1859)
Alma mater University of Paris
Profession Historian, magistrate, jurist

Philosophy career
Notable work
Democracy in America (1835)
The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856)
Era 19th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Liberal conservatism
Main interests
History, political philosophy, sociology
Notable ideas
Voluntary association, mutual liberty, soft despotism

Alexis Charles-Henri-Maurice Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville ( 29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859) was a French diplomat, political scientist and historian. He was best known for his works Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes, 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856).

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