Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, 1732 - 1799

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Born: 24 January 1732, Paris, France
Died: 18 May 1799, Paris, France

French dramatist best known for creating Figaro in three plays; Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro, and La Mère coupable. Invented a more accurate watch movement. After Voltaire's death, bought rights to most of the philosophers work, then mostly banned in France, and setup a printing plant in Kehl, Germany to print them. Also purchased the type foundry of the late John Baskerville to support that effort.

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