Alexandre Théodore Victor Lameth

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Lameth, Alexandre Théodore Victor


Born Oct. 20, 1760, in Paris; died there Mar. 18, 1829. Count. Figure in the Great French Revolution.

Lameth fought in the War of Independence of the North American colonies and was wounded at Yorktown in 1781. He was a deputy of the nobility to the Estates General in 1789 and a deputy to the Constituent Assembly (1789–91). He was one of the founders of the Feuillant Club. In 1792 (after France’s declaration of war on Austria), Lameth was sent to the North Army. Along with La Fayette, he attempted to use the army for counterrevolutionary purposes. After the overthrow of the monarchy (Aug. 10,1792) he fled France; he returned after the coup of 18th Brumaire (1799). Under the Napoleonic Empire, he was prefect of the department of the Basses Alps, then of the department of Rhin et Moselle. During the Hundred Days, he was elevated to peer of France (with the second Restoration he was deprived of the title). During the Restoration, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies and affiliated himself with the liberals.

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