Leopold Sedar Senghor


Birthday October 9, 1906

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Senegal

DEATH DATE Dec 20, 2001 (95)

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Politician, intellectual and celebrated poet who served as the first Senegalese president from 1960 until 1980.

Before Fame

He studied at the Sorbonne and the University of Paris and later served as a private in the French Army.


He survived a 1967 assassination attempt and he founded the political party, the Senegalese Democratic Bloc.

Family Life

He married twice and had three sons between his marriages to Ginette Eboue and Colette Hubert.

Associated With

He was the first African to become a member of the Academie Francaise, a French language and cultural organization to which author Victor Hugo also belonged.