Beaumont, Marc-Antoine de la Bonninière, comte de

b. 23 September 1763, Beaumont-la-Ronce (Indre-et-Loire)

d. 4 February 1830, Paris

"Page to the king in the grande-écurie on 31 December 1777, then first page. Captain in the Lorraine dragoons (9th) on 31 March 1784. Suspended as unfit on 2 June 1784. Replacement captain on 31 March 1785, company captain on 5 March 1788, suspended as unfit on 1 March 1791. Reinstated on 10 March 1792, lieutenant-colonel on 22 July 1792. Colonel of 9th Dragoons on 7 August 1792, and served with armies of North and Sambre-et-Meuse. Imprisoned at Lyon and condemned to death as 'suspect', he was saved by his dragoons, who demanded him. Made acting general of brigade on 4 April 1795. Confirmed in the rank on 13 June 1795, he was sent to the Army of Italy. Wounded at Verona on 5 April 1799. Employed in the 1st military division on 10 August 1801. Made general of division on 29 December 1802. Retired on 11 January 1808. Chevalier, then Commander of the Legion of Honour on 14 June 1804, he was named Grand Officer on 10 February 1806, and Grand Cross on 19 August 1824.

General Beaumont was nominated a senator of the Empire on 14 August 1807, made a count on 26 April 1808, and a peer of France on 14 June 1814. In the chamber of peers, he had the sad courage to vote for the death of Marshal Ney ...

In 1801 he married Marshal Davout's sister (1774-1846)." Bouvier, F. Bonaparte en Italie, 1796, 1899, p. 650.

There is also interesting material in Michaud. Biographie universelle ancienne et moderne, 1843-?, vol. 3, p. 415.

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