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Beauharnais, Alexandre, Vicomte de

Born: 1760 AD
Died: 1794 AD, at 34 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: General, Politician


1760 - Born on May 28th in Martinique. The first husband of Joséphine (later empress of the French) and grandfather of Napoleon III.

1779 - He married Joséphine Tascher de La Pagerie, the future Empress of France, in Martinique.

         - By his marriage to Joséphine he fathered Eugène de Beauharnais and Hortense, who became the queen of Holland and the mother of Napoleon III.

1791 - He rose after the French Revolution to important posts in France, presiding over the Constituent Assembly and serving with gallantry in the army.

         - President of the National Constituent Assembly.

1792 - Became General during the French Revolutionary Wars.

1793 - He was named general in chief of the Army of the Rhine and, soon after, was nominated minister of war but declined the latter offer.

1794 - Accused of having poorly defended Mainz and considered an aristocratic "suspect". Jailed in the Carmes prison and sentenced to death.

         - Died on June 23rd in Paris, France. During the Reign of Terror he was seized—in large measure, simply because he was a noble—and guillotined.


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