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Hérard Dumesle

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Name  Herard Dumesle
Role  Poet
Died  June 22, 1858, Jamaica


Hérard Dumesle (16 June 1784 – 22 June 1858) was a Haitian poet and politician.

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Politics

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Dumesle, a mulatto, opposed the government of Jean-Pierre Boyer and formed a group of like-minded young mulattoes called the Society for the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Dumesle's cousin, Charles Rivière-Hérard, led the Revolution of 1843 which forced President Boyer to flee the country. Rivière-Hérard then succeeded Boyer as President of Haiti. Dumesle served as president of the Constituent Assembly and later as a Minister during his cousin's rule. After an 1844 coup d'état, both Dumesle and Rivière-Hérard were forced into exile. They settled in Jamaica and remained there for the rest of their lives.

Works

As a poet, Dumesle's most remembered work is the historical Macanda. He is also known for composing a poem in honor of Jonathas Granville, the director of the Lycee of Port-au-Prince: "Dithyrambe élégiaque sur la mort de Jonathas Granville."

References

Hérard Dumesle Wikipedia


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