Benjamin Abram

Benjamin Abram (1846-1938) was a French lawyer and politician. He served as Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1888 to 1896. He was the third Jewish Mayor of Aix-en-Provence, and abandoned politics after the debacle of the antisemitic Dreyfus affair .


Early life

Benjamin Abram was born to a Jewish family on September 23, 1846 in Marseille . [1] [2] His father, Abraham Abram, was a businessman, and his mother was Precious Bédarrides. [2] As a result, Jassuda Bédarrides (1804-1882), who served as the first Jewish Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1848 to 1849, was his maternal uncle. [3] Another uncle, Salomon Bédarrides , went on to serve the Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1877 to 1884.

He was educated at the Lycée Thiers in Marseille, and studied Law at the University of Aix-en-Provence . [2]


He began his career as a lawyer in 1866. [1] [2] He served as bâtonnier from 1885 to 1887. [4]

To support of the Republic and a Freemason , he embarked upon a career in politics. He served on the General Council representing Lambesc from 1880 to 1898. [2] He received the Knighthood of the Legion of Honor in 1887. [4]

He served as Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1888 to 1896, after being re-elected in 1892. [1] [2] [4] [5] After the Dreyfus affair of 1894-1906, he left politics and returned to practicing the Law. [1] [2]

Personal life

On 6 September 1882, he married Esther Baze in Avignon . [2] They had two children:

  • Samuel Elie Paul Abram (1883-unknown). [2]
  • Maurice David Joseph Abram (1887-unknown). [2]


He died on April 30, 1938 in Aix-en-Provence. [1]


The Benjamin Abram Avenue in Aix-en-Provence is named in his honor. [1] [2]


  1. ^ Jump up to:f Center Darius Milhaud: Avenue Benjamin Abram
  2. ^ Jump up to:k GeneProvence
  3. Jump up^ Charles Cohen,The Big Figures of the Aix-en-Provence Bar, Paris: Society of Writers, 2004, p. 154
  4. ^ Jump up to:c Paul Masson, Henri Barré, departmental Encyclopedia of Bouches-du-Rhône , Marseille, 1913, vol. 11, p. 3
  5. Jump up^ Jean-Rémy Palanque,The Diocese of Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence: Editions Beauchesne, 1975, p. 217[1]

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