Edouard Laboulaye was a French jurist and poet who first proposed the idea for the Statue of Liberty.
From the description of Edouard Laboulaye letter, 1863. (New-York Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 712650524
Biographical Note: Edouard-Ren'e LeFebvre de Laboulaye (1811-1883) was a French businessman, lawyer, author, professor and politician.
For most of his career (1849-83) Laboulaye was associated with the Coll'ege de France where he taught the history of comparative legislation and specialized in the American constitution. From 1873 until his death Laboulaye was director of the college. He was an outspoken opponent of the Empire, served in the Chamber of Deputies (1871), and was elected senator for life in 1875.
From the description of Edouard Laboulaye lectures, 1848-1864. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 48388270