CLEMENCEAU, GEORGES. (1841-1929). Prime Minister of France. Image Signed. (“G. Clemenceau”). 1p. Folio. N.p., N.d. An original pen-and-ink bust drawing by French artist ROBERT KASTOR (1872-1936) signed by Clemenceau.
A political activist in Napoleon III’s France, Clemenceau also enjoyed a U.S teaching career and a medical practice at home before he entered the world of politics. He served as mayor of Montmartre and was elected to the National Assembly in 1871 as a member of the Radical Party. Clemenceau was also active as a journalist and his newspaper, La Justice, founded in 1880, became the leading voice of Radicalism. In 1894, Clemenceau actively defended Captain Alfred Dreyfus, the French-Jewish officer unjustly convicted of treason, and in 1898, as the owner and editor of the newspaper L’Aurore he published Emile Zola’s world-famous open letter to President Faure about the Dreyfus Affair entitled J’Accuse! Clemenceau’s brother, Albert, was one of Dreyfus’s defense attorneys. After serving as minister of the interior, Clemenceau became Prime Minister in 1906, a position he held until 1909. Despite attempts to reenter political life, his premiership was the last office he held.
In overall fine condition and uncommon in this format.