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Paul Doumer

In office
13 June 1931 – 7 May 1932
Prime Minister Pierre Laval
André Tardieu
Preceded by Gaston Doumergue
Succeeded by Albert Lebrun

In office
10 January 1905 – 8 June 1906
Preceded by Henri Brisson
Succeeded by Léon Bourgeois

In office
13 February 1897 – October 1902
Preceded by Augustin Juline Fourès
Succeeded by Jean Baptiste Paul Beau

Born 22 March 1857
Aurillac, France
Died 7 May 1932 (aged 75)
Paris, France
Political party Radical
Spouse(s) Blanche Doumer

Joseph Athanase Paul Doumer, commonly known as Paul Doumer (French pronunciation: [pɔl dume]; 22 March 1857 – 7 May 1932) was the President of France from 13 June 1931 until his assassination.

Born in Aurillac, in the Cantal département, in France.

He was Governor-General of French Indochina from 1897 to 1902.

After returning from French Indochina, Doumer served as President of the Chamber of Deputies (a post equivalent to the speaker of parliament) from 1902 to 1905. He was elected President of the French Republic on 13 May 1931, defeating the better known Aristide Briand.

On 6 May 1932, he was shot in Paris at the opening of a book fair by Paul Gorguloff, a mentally unstable Russian émigré. He died at 04:37 a.m. on 7 May.

See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Gaston Doumergue
President of France
Succeeded by
Albert Lebrun
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Gaston Doumergue and Justí Guitart i Vilardebó
Co-Prince of Andorra
with Justí Guitart i Vilardebó
Succeeded by
Albert Lebrun and Justí Guitart i Vilardebó

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

PAUL DOUMER (1857-), French politician, was born at Aurillac. He studied law and made his debut in politics as chef de cabinet to Floquet, when president of the chamber in 1885. In 1888 he was elected Radical deputy for the department of the Aisne. Defeated in the general elections of September 1889, he was elected again in 1890 by the arrondissement of Auxerre. As minister of finance in the Bourgeois cabinet (from the 3rd of November 1895 to the 21st of April 1896) he tried without success to introduce an income-tax. In January 1897 he became governor of Indo-China, where he carried out important public works. In 1902 he returned to France and was elected by Laon to the chamber as a Radical. He refused, however, to support the Combes ministry, and formed a Radical dissident group, which grew in strength and eventually caused the fall of the ministry. Doumer became a prominent personage in Paris and was elected president of the chamber in January 1905, being re-elected in January 1906. At the presidential election of the 17th of January 1906 he was a candidate in opposition to M. Fallieres and obtained only 371 votes against 449; and the new chamber passed him over as its new president in favour of Henri Brisson. As an author he is known by his L'Indo-Chine francaise (1904), and fils (1906).

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