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ACU Louis Michel Le Peletier

Louis-Michel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau was born on May 29th, 1760, in Paris. Very promising, he became councillor of the Paris Parliament (before the Revolution, parliaments were judicial institutions and had no legislative function) in 1779; being under the age limit, he was admitted with special permission, most probably because of a Templar intercession.

Among other law-related activities, he climbed the ladder of that institution until 1789, when he was elected to the Estates General as a representative of the nobility. Pretty soon, he discarded his noble origins and supported the cause of the Third Estate. He then devoted himself to politics, even becoming for almost two weeks president of the National Constituent Assembly in June 1790. Being a lawyer, he took part in the writing of a draft of a criminal code, of which the most striking point is the abolition of the death penalty, but that idea is dismissed.

At the Convention, he nevertheless voted for the death of Louis XVI and was killed the very same evening. He also worked, more covertly, on a draft about education, which was read by Robespierre at the Convention about 6 months after Le Peletier's death.

Le Peletier's remains went to the Pantheon* and his daughter was adopted by the nation, as a token to his contribution to the Revolution.
* Assassins 6, Templars 0