Édouard René Lefèbvre de Laboulaye (January 18, 1811 in Paris - May 25, 1883 in Paris) was a French jurist, poet, author and anti-slavery activist. He is remembered as the intellectual creator of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, proposing the idea for a monument in 1865 paid by the citizens of France, and the lesser known Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, France.
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''The first day a man is a guest, the second a burden, the third a pest.''Edouard Laboulaye (1811-1883), French writer, satirist. Abdallah, in Abdallah, ch. 9 (1871).