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Clootz, Jean Baptiste, Baron (1755-1794), generally known as Anacharsis Clootz (which name he assumed after a romance of the Abbe Barthelemy), was born near Cleves. Being rich, he was sent to Paris, where an anarchist uncle imbued him with wild republican ideas. After travelling, he returned to Paris in 1789, and posed as the orator of the human race. In 1792 he became a member of the Convention, and voted the king's death on behalf of the human race. He was hated by Robespierre, who excluded him from the Jacobin Club, and in 1794 he was guillotined, protesting in the name of the human race.