Beauharnais, Alexandre, Vicomte de (17601794)

Beauharnais, Alexandre, Vicomte de (Beauhar`nais, Alexandre, Vicomte de) , born at Martinique, where he married a lady who, afterwards as wife of Napoleon, became the Empress Joséphine; accepted and took part in the Revolution; was secretary of the National Assembly; coolly remarked, on the news of the flight of the king, “The king's gone off; let us pass to the next business of the House”; was convicted of treachery to the cause of the Revolution and put to death; as the father of Hortense, who married Louis, Napoleon's brother, he became grandfather of Napoleon III. (17601794).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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