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Jean Sylvain Bailly (1736–1793)

Bailly, Jean Sylvain (bä-yē’). A distinguished French astronomer and statesman; born in Paris, Sept. 15, 1736; died there, Nov. 12, 1793. The first president of the States-General or National Assembly (1789), and mayor of Paris (1789). He was the advocate of order and moderation, and having offended the Jacobins, he died on the guillotine. He wrote: ‘History of Astronomy’ (4 vols., 1775–83), which became very popular; ‘Memoirs of the Revolution’ (3 vols., 1804); etc.