|STATESMAN, BANKER (FRANCE)|
BORN 17 Nov 1800, Paris - DIED 5 Oct 1867, Tarbes|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 04, ligne 01, AC, 16)
Son of a Jewish banker. Together with his brother Benoït he managed the bank Fould-Oppenheim & Comp. King Louis Philippe frequently consulted him on financial matters. In 1842 he became a deputy for Hautes-Pyrénées.
Under Louis Napoleon Bonaparte he was four times minister of finance. He left his post after the property of the Orléans family was confiscated.
But after he was appointed senator he returned into the government in 1852, now as minister of state and the imperial household. In 1857 he became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
In 1860 he gave up his post in the government, but in 1861 he became minister of finance once more. During this term he managed to reduce the debts resulting from the Mexican war. In January, 1867 he left his post and he died in October of the same year.
was adviser of Napoleon III Bonaparte, Empereur des Français
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
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