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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 Rousseaus theories of democracy and deism It also encouraged his emphasis on virtue or civic morality in his mind which then earned him the nickname the Incorruptible On July 31 1780 Robespierre
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