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Matteo Alfassa

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Alfassa, Matteo (Mathieu) Maurice (b. July 13, 1876, Alexandria, Egypt - d. 12 August 1942), older brother of the Mother.

He had a library of some 2,000 books at home. Graduated Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and married Eva Brosse. He had many papers published on the subject of labor and politics, and helped translate a book into French from English. Along with a George Alfassa [who has not yet been researched] he edited a large volume, a formal report on home “sweatshop” workers in Paris that worked in the linen trade. After the turn of the 20th century, Matteo would become the general manager of a railway where he dealt with various union issues.

Lieutenant governor of Middle Congo (1919-22), acting governor-general of French Equatorial Africa (1924, 1925, 1929-30, 1931, 1932-33), and governor of Martinique (1934-35) and French Sudan (1935-36).

 

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