André Gustave Citroën (1878 - 1935) MP

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Birthplace: 75009, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death: Died in Paris, Ile-de-France Region, France
Occupation: Citroen Automobile Manufacturer, Stichter CITROEN fabriek
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About André Gustave Citroën

André Gustav Citroën (5 February 1878 – 3 July 1935) was a French industrialist. He is remembered chiefly for the make of car named after him, but also for his application of double helical gears, was a French Industrialist. Known as the "Henry Ford of France". He was a cousin of the famous British philosopher Sir A. J. Ayer.

Born in Paris in 1878, André-Gustave was the 5th and last child of Jewish diamond merchant Levie Citroen from the Netherlands and Mazra Kleinmann (of Warsaw, Poland).

The Citroen family moved to Paris from Amsterdam in 1873. Upon arrival, the diaeresis was added to the name, changing Citroen to Citroën (a grandfather had sold lemons, and had changed the consequent name Limoenman "lime man" to Citroen (Dutch for "lemon"). His father committed suicide when André was only six years old. André was a graduate of the École Polytechnique in 1900.

  • During World War I, he was responsible for mass production of armaments.
  • André founded the Citroën automobile company in 1919, leading it to become the fourth-largest automobile manufacturer in the world by the early 1930s.

He died in Paris, France, of stomach cancer in 1935 and was interred in the Cimetière du Montparnasse, the funeral being led by the Chief Rabbi of Paris. In 1992, the Parc André Citroën public garden in Paris was named after him.

In 1998 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan.

Source: Akevoth Family Genealogy

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André Gustave Citroën's Timeline

1878
February 5, 1878
Paris, Île-de-France, France
1914
May 26, 1914
Age 36
1917
June 4, 1917
Age 39
France
1919
May 27, 1919
Age 41
Paris, France
1924
1924
Age 45
1935
July 3, 1935
Age 57
Paris, Ile-de-France Region, France
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Paris, Île-de-France, France