De Lesseps to pay him a visit, and on the 7th of November 1854 he landed at Alexandria; on the 30th of the same month Said Pacha signed the concession authorizing M.
From the middle of the 18th century the ancestors of Ferdinand de Lesseps followed the diplomatic career, and he himself occupied with real distinction several posts in the same calling from 1825 to 1849.
Barnett Smith, The Life and Enterprises of Ferdinand de Lesseps (London, 1893); and Souvenirs de quarante ans, by Ferdinand de Lesseps (trans.
The pasha was much under French influence, and in 1856 was induced to grant to Ferdinand de Lesseps a concession.
Later it acquired increased importance through its selection by de Lesseps as the site for the Atlantic entrance to his canal.
FERDINAND DE LESSEPS (1805-1894).
De Lesseps to pierce the isthmus of Suez.
On the 25th of April 1859 the first blow of the pickaxe was given by Lesseps at Port Said, and on the 17th of November 1869 the canal was officially opened by the Khedive, Ismail Pacha (see Suez Canal).
In May 1869 he was returned to the Assembly, both by the first circumscription of Paris and by Marseilles, defeating Hippolyte Carnot for the former constituency and Thiers and Lesseps for the latter.
Here also stands the mansion erected and occupied by Ferdinand de Lesseps during his residence on the isthmus.