Brewer's: Father of the People
Louis XII. of France (1462, 1498-1515). Henri, IV. was also termed ?the father and friend of the people? (1553, 1589-1610).
Christian III. of Denmark (1502, 1534-1559).
Gabriel du Pineau, the French lawyer (1573-1644).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894