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Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Paris on July 29 1805 Tocquevilles father was a royalist prefect from Normandy who supported the Bourbon monarchy his great-grandfather was a liberal aristocrat killed in the French Revolution and his mother was a devout Roman Catholic who strongly advocated a return on the Old Regime Tocquevilles fathers appointments as prefect of different towns meant that he lived away from the family for much of Tocquevilles early life In his fathers absence Abbe Lesueur was Tocquevilles tutor At age 16 Tocquevile entered the College Royal in Metz to study philosophy During this time Tocqueville began to have doubts about the role of the aristocracy in French government and suffered a deep religious crisis that would effect him for the rest of his life After finishing at the College Royal at age 18 Tocqueville moved back to Paris where he studied law In the meantime Tocquevilles fathers career had been steadily advancing until in 1826 he became prefect of Versailles the most influential prefecture in France and in 1827 was made a peer by Charles X At the same time Tocqueville P2 received a position as apprentice magistrate at the Versailles court of law During this period Tocqueville began to have increasingly liberal sympathies because of his belief that the decline of the aristocracy was inevitable The July Revolution of 1830 in which Charles X abdicated and Louis-Philippe acceded to the throne had strong repercussions on Tocquevilles life Because of the revolution and the change of power from the Bourbon to the Orleans family Tocquevilles father lost his peerage and Tocquevilles position in France became precarious Seeing that France was moving toward increasing democratization he looked to the United States as a political model With the pretext of wanting to study prison reforms in America Tocqueville obtained permission to travel there in order to gain knowledge of American political development knowledge that he hoped to
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