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Alexis de Tocqueville 1805-1859 Since beginning to study political science I have heard the name and read the quotes of Alexis de Tocqueville A Frenchman historian political theorist and student and writer of the French Revolution -- Tocqueville has become a scholar in all democratic societies Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel de Tocqueville was born July 29 1805 in Verneuil France near Paris Third son of Comte Herve Bonaventure de Tocqueville a perfect and mayor of Verneuil Custom in that time Alexis and his brothers were taught by the village priest abbe Lesueur who educated them of their noble birthright and aristocrat heritage Although elder Tocqueville had sworn loyalty to Napoleon whose reign ended in 1814 the family returned to Paris so Herve de Tocqueville could assume his position in the royal court of the Bourbon king Louis XVIII In 1820 Tocqueville was sent to Metz were he studied rhetoric and philosophy in secondary school and the college royal He then returned to Paris to study law in 1825 He was then appointed as a juge auditeur mediator in Versailles were he met Gaustave de Beaumont who became a life long friend and co-author of The US Penitentiary System and its Application in France 1833 This writing was done after they traveled to the in United States in 1831 After the July Revolution of 1830 Tocqueville and Beaumont grew restless of their positions and wanted to study the prison system in America They arrived in May of 1831 in Newport Rhode Island on the steamer President after having their route diverted from New York due to bad weather Their stay was only nine months but traveled the west to Green Bay from New Orleans to Quebec and to Boston then on to New York where they boarded a ship to return home They traveled on foot horse stage coach and steam boat Beaumont and Tocqueville met with several people of different backgrounds and
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