Ogé, Vincent

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Vincent Ogé (văNsäN´ ōzhā´), c.1750–1791, Haitian revolutionist and national hero. A free mulatto, well educated and comparatively wealthy, he was sent to plead before the National Assembly at the outbreak of the French Revolution for the concession of civil rights to free mulattoes and for the emancipation of slaves in Haiti. Failing in his mission, he returned to Haiti in 1790 and, when the French governor refused to remove restrictions, headed an insurrection. Defeated, Ogé was tried, convicted of treason, and broken on the wheel.