Henri de Gaulle

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Henri de Gaulle
Born (1848-11-22)November 22, 1848
Paris, France
Died May 3, 1932(1932-05-03) (aged 83)
Sainte-Adresse, France
Nationality French
Occupation Civil servant, teacher
Spouse(s) Jeanne Maillot
Children Xavier de Gaulle
Marie-Agnès de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle
Jacques de Gaulle
Pierre de Gaulle
Parent(s) Julien Philippe de Gaulle
Joséphine Marie Anne (Maillot) de Gaulle

Henri de Gaulle (1848-1932) was a French civil servant and later a schoolteacher. He was the father of Charles de Gaulle, a general of the French army and President of France.


Early life[edit]

Henri de Gaulle was born on November 22, 1848 in Paris, his father, Julien Philippe de Gaulle, was an historian. His mother was Joséphine Marie Anne (Maillot) de Gaulle.


He volunteered in the Franco-Prussian War; his men chose him as their second lieutenant on several occasions.

A civil servant in the interior ministry for fifteen years, in 1884 he resigned his post to protest against the anti-clerical policies of the Third Republic.

A "monarchist in feeling and a republican in thought" (monarchiste de regret et républicain de raison), as he liked to call himself, Henri de Gaulle began working at a Jesuit high school in Paris, teaching French, Latin and Ancient Greek. Among his students were his four sons, as well as Georges Bernanos and the future marshals Philippe Leclerc and Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, he was nicknamed PDG (père de Gaulle - "Father de Gaulle"), but was respected and esteemed for the quality of his teaching.

Personal life[edit]

On August 2, 1886, he married his second cousin, Jeanne Maillot (28 April 1860, Lille - 16 July 1940, Sainte-Addresse), with whom he had a daughter and four sons:

  • Xavier de Gaulle (1887-1955).
  • Marie-Agnès de Gaulle (1889-1982).
  • Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970).
  • Jacques de Gaulle (1893-1946).
  • Pierre de Gaulle (1897-1959).

He retired with his wife to Sainte-Adresse, close to Le Havre, at the home of their daughter Marie-Agnès Cailliau. There, he helped his son Charles de Gaulle refine his first military books.


He died at Sainte-Adresse, on 3 May 1932, and is buried there with his wife.

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