"The Incorruptible Leader": Maximilien Robespierre, an interesting man in France's history.

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Maximilien Robespierre: "The Incorruptible Leader"

Throughout history, many people are remembered for the acts they committed. Maximilien Francois Marie Isadore de Robespierre, had many qualities in his life that made him an important historic figure of France. In general, Robespierre had vital role in the French Revolution and French history in general though the cleverness in his early years, his profession in the government, and his reign of terror.

He was born in Arras, France, of Irish origin, on May 6, 1758. His father, lawyer Francois Robespierre, had seduced Jacqueline-Marguerite Carraut, who was the daughter of a brewer. The outcome of the seduction was the famous Maximilien Robespierre. His family life was not extremely cheerful, and the family, in addition was underprivileged. Therefore, when his mother died giving birth when Robespierre was ten, his father left Maximilien and his brother and two sisters, with their maternal grandparents who raised them.

As a youth, people began to notice his abilities in speech, although he was a nervous and hesitant speaker. Little did the people know that he would become the greatest speaker of his time. This talent of his was first seen when he was chosen to address King Louis XVI when he returned from his coronation. When Robespierre had finished his Latin Oration, Louis was said to have smiled at him. This was a major accomplishment of his.

In 1765, Robespierre was given the opportunity to go to the local college in Arras, because he did not have enough money to go elsewhere. When people saw how intelligent he was, they selected him to go to the famous college of Louis-le Grand in Paris, where he distinguished himself in philosophy and law. While in college he became under the influence of Jean Jaques Rousseau's theories of democracy...