Born 1783 Died 1865
André Marie Jean Jacques Dupin, commonly called Dupin the Elder, president of the chamber of deputies and of the Legislative Assembly, was born at Varzy, in Nivre, on the 1st of February 1783. He was educated by his father, who was a lawyer of eminence, and at an early age he became principal clerk of an attorney at Paris. On the establishment of the Academie de Legislation he entered it as pupil from Nivre. In 1800 he was made advocate, and in 1802, when the schools of law were opened, he received successively the degrees of licentiate and doctor from the new faculty. He was in 1810 an unsuccessful candidate for the chair of law at Paris, and in 1811 he also failed to obtain the office of advocate-general at the court of cassation. About this time he was added to the commission charged with the classification of the laws of the empire, and, after the interruption caused by the events of 1814 and 1815, was charged with the sole care of that great work.
When he entered the chamber of deputies
in 1815 he at once took an active part in the debates as a member of the Liberal
Opposition, and strenuously opposed the election of the son of Napoleon as emperor after his father's abdication. At the election after the second restoration Dupin was not re-elected. He defended with great intrepidity the principal political victims of the reaction, among others, in conjunction with Nicolas Berryer
, Marshal Ney
; and in October 1815 boldly published a tractate entitled Libre Defense des accuses
. In 1827 he was again elected a member of the chamber of deputies and in 1830 he voted the address of the 221, and on the 28th of February he was in the streets exhorting the citizens to resistance. At the end of 1832 he became president of the, chamber, which office he held successively for eight years. On Louis Philippe's
abdication in 1848 Dupin introdued the young count of Paris
into the chamber, and proposed him as king with the duchess of Orleans
as regent. This attempt failed, but Dupin submitted to circumstances, and, retaining the office of procureur-general, his first act was to decide that justice should henceforth be rendered to the name of the French people. In 1849 he was elected a member of the Assembly, and became president of the principal committee that on legislation. After the coup d'etat of the 2nd of December 1851 he still retained his office of procureur-general, and did not resign it until effect was given to the decrees confiscating the property of the house of Orleans
In 1857 he was offered his old office by the emperor, and accepted it, explaining his acceptance in a discourse, a sentence of which may be employed to describe his whole political career. "I have always", he said, "belonged to France and never to parties". He died on the 8th of November 1865.
Among Dupin's works, which are numerous, may be mentioned Principia Juris Civilis, 5 vols. (1806); Memoires et plaidoyers de 1806 au 1ier janvier 1830,, in 20 vols.; and Memoires ou souvenirs du barreau, in 4 vols. (1855-1857).
His brother, Francois Pierre Charles Dupin (I784-1873), wrote several geometrical works, treating of descriptive geometry after the manner of Monge, and of the theory of curves.
Being the entry for DUPIN, ANDRE MARIE JEAN JACQUES in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica,