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Alejo Peyret was a French-born Argentine writer, agronomist, colonial administrator, and historian. He was a prominent figure in the history of Entre Rios Province.
Peyret was born in Serres Castet, Canton Morlaas, in the department of Basses-Pyrenees, today Pyrenees-Atlantiques, , the son of Alexis Agustin Peyret and Cecile Angelique Vignancour. He entered the Royal College of Pau at the age of ten. In 1844, at the age of eighteen, he earned a bachelor's degree in science and letters. He avoided compulsory military service by hiring a paid substitute to serve in his place . He went on to study law at the College de France, where his professors included the philosopher Edgar Quinet and the historian Jules Michelet. He became involved with political radicalism, writing editorials in support of republicanism, democracy, anticlericalism, and socialism, and of the Revolutions of 1848 in particular. He was tried for his activities, but acquitted of wrongdoing .
In the 1852 election, Peyret stood as a candidate for the Department of Basses-Pyrenees. Following the electoral landslide of the Bonapartists and the establishment of the Second Empire under Napoleon III, Peyret left the country
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