Beauharnais, Eugène de

Beauharnais, Eugène de

(özhĕn` də bōärnā`), 1781–1824, French general; son of Alexandre and Josephine de Beauharnais (Empress JosephineJosephine,
1763–1814, empress of the French (1804–9) as the consort of Napoleon I. Born Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie in Martinique, she was married in 1779 to Alexandre de Beauharnais.
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). He served ably in the campaigns of his stepfather, Napoleon INapoleon I
, 1769–1821, emperor of the French, b. Ajaccio, Corsica, known as "the Little Corporal." Early Life

The son of Carlo and Letizia Bonaparte (or Buonaparte; see under Bonaparte, family), young Napoleon was sent (1779) to French military schools at
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, distinguishing himself at Marengo and Lützen, where he rallied the outnumbered troops, and in the Russian campaign. The emperor made him viceroy of Italy in 1805 and officially adopted him the following year. His court at Milan was brilliant, his administration in Italy capable. Beauharnais married a Bavarian princess, and after Napoleon's downfall he lived in Munich under the titles of duke of Leuchtenberg and prince of Eichstätt.
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