alexis de tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville – CCO From Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, Comte de Tocqueville 1805 – 1859, known as Tocqueville, was a French aristocrat, diplomat, political scientist, political philosopher, and historian.

Alexis de Tocqueville on the Saginaw Trail

Alexis de Tocqueville

In 1831, 26 year old Alexis de Tocqueville and his friend Gustave de Beaumont, took the ultimate road trip. The pair of French aristocrats journey from Buffalo New York to the Straights of Detroit with the intent of going to the last overland outpost of civilization; Saginaw.