Beauharnais, Alexandre, Vicomte de
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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