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Jean-Paul Marat by Joseph Boze, 1793, Carnavalet Museum
|Died||13 July 1793
|Cause of death||Assassination|
|Alma mater||University of St. Andrews, MD|
|Occupation||Journalist, politician, physician, scientist|
|Political party||Jacobin Club (1789–1790)
Cordeliers Club (1790–1793)
|Spouse(s)||fr: Simone Evrard|
Jean-Paul Marat (24 May 1743 – 13 July 1793) was a French political theorist, physician, and scientist who became best known for his role as a radical journalist and politician during the French Revolution. His journalism became renowned for its fierce tone towards the new leaders and institutions of the revolution, and the advocacy of basic human rights for the poorest members of society, yet calling for prisoners of the Revolution to be killed before they could be freed in what became known as the September Massacres. He was one of the most radical voices of the French Revolution.
Marat was assassinated by Charlotte Corday, while taking a medicinal bath for his debilitating skin condition. In death, Marat became an icon to the Jacobins as a revolutionary martyr, as portrayed in Jacques-Louis David's famous painting, The Death of Marat. For this assassination, Corday was executed four days later, on 17 July 1793.
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