Danton, Georges

[ (dahnn-tohnn) ]

A prominent figure in the French Revolution, who pressed for the execution of the king and several other enemies of the revolution. He disagreed, however, with more radical revolutionaries, such as Robespierre, who eventually had him executed.

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