Henri Druey, Switzerland (1799-1855)

Henri Druey was born in Faoug, Switzerland in 1799. He studied Law at the academy in Lausanne and from there went on to study in Heidelburg, Paris and London. When Druey returned to his homeland at the age of 29 he was chosen to sit on the Great Council (Grossen Rat) of the Waadt canton and after two years he became a member of the state council.

In 1945 Druey joined the people of Waadt in a movement against the conservative government and eventually became the President of the new government. In 1848 he became the first President of the Swiss confederacy. He is regarded by many as the Father of the Swiss Constitution.

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