Foy, Maximilien Sebastien

SOLDIER, POLITICIAN (FRANCE)
BORN 3 Feb 1775, Ham, Somme - DIED 28 Nov 1825, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 28, 1re ligne, R, 31)

Maximilien Sebastien Foy was educated at the military school of La Fere. He was an artillery officer during the revolutionary wars and seved under Massena and others. In 1794 he was imprisioned because he had criticized Joseph Le Bon, a member of the Nation Convention. Afther the fall of Robespierre he was released.

In 1805 he saw action in Napoleon's campaign in Ulm and in 1807 he was sent to Turkey to support Selim III by teaching him European tactics. But Selim died and he left Turkey.

He was seriously wounded during the Battle of Vimeiro. In 1808 he was promoted to general of the brigade and until 1814 he served in Spain and Portugal. At Waterloo he received his fifteenth wound. In 1819 he was elected for Aisne into the Chamber of Deputies where he was the leader of the opposition. He wrote a history of the Peninsular War. In 1823 he was visited by the young Alaxandre Dumas and he gave the latter a letter of recommendation that enabled him to enter the service of the Duke of Orléans.

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Maximilien Sébastien Foy - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Maximilien Sebastien Foy at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)

 


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Published: 21 Dec 2007
Last update: 18 Oct 2014