b. 8 November 1754, Peyrieu, near Belley (Ain)
d. 24 June 1813, Nemours (Seine-et-Marne)
"Enlisted as a volunteer in the infantry regiment of Hainaut (50th Infantry) on 24 December 1773. He took part in the campaign in America. He was a corporal in 1777, a sergeant in 1779, sergeant-major in 1786, and was breveted a veteran on 5 April 1791. Made a Chevalier of St Louis, second lieutenant on 15 September 1791, lieutenant on 19 June 1792, captain of grenadiers on 25 September 1792, commander of the grenadiers at Toulon, and was promoted general of brigade on 23 December 1793, after the capture of the town. Made a general of division on 15 August 1796, commander of the fortress of Rome in 1797, and appointed to the Army of Egypt on 12 January 1798. Placed on the non-active list on 14 January 1799, retired on 27 December 1802. Recalled to the service on 20 March 1807, employed with the Grande Armée, commanded the 25th military division at Wesel on 29 March 1809, and retired again on 29 August 1810.
He became a deputy for the Ain in the Corps Legislatif on 27 March 1802, and was constantly re-elected until his death ... Five days before [his death] he had been created Baron of the Empire." Bouvier, F. Bonaparte en Italie, 1796, Paris, 1899, p. 654.
Entered the infantry regiment of Hainaut at the age of nineteen and served with it in America. Distinguished at Savannah and promoted sergeant. Made second lieutenant in 1790. Commanded the 32nd demi-brigade in Italy. At Fombio, and Lodi. See Balteau, J. and others. Dictionnaire de biographie française, Paris, 1933-, vol 9.
Another NCO of the ancien regime, became a general in 1793. Also deputy for the Ain and a baron. See Las Cases, E.-A.-D.-M.-J. Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène. Paris, 1983, vol 1, p. 836.