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HENDLÉ, ERNEST:

French statesman; born at Paris Feb. 15, 1844; died Feb. 7, 1900. Hendlé was educated for the bar and had a brilliant career as attorney at the Court of Appeal. His success attracted the attention of Jules Favre, who appointed him his secretary. When Favre became minister for foreign affairs (1870), Hendlé remained with him, and accompanied him to Ferrières during the memorable negotiations with Bismarck. The Government of National Defense sent Hendlé to administer provisionally the department of the Nord. On March 20, 1871, Hendlé became governor ("préfet") of the Creuse, and the following year obtained a similar post in the department of Loir-et-Cher. Hendlé resigned when the Reactionaries came into power, but in 1876 he became prefect of the Yonne. Later he was governor of the department of Saône-et-Loire and dealt in a masterly way with the strikes at Monceau-les-Mines. He was transferred to Rouen in 1876, and remained there until his death. Hendlé was made commander of the Legion of Honor in July, 1886. He was a son-in-law of Albert Cohn.

Bibliography:
  • Jewish Chronicle, Feb. 16, 1900.
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