|STATESMAN, HISTORIAN, POET, SOLDIER (FRANCE)|
BORN 12 Jan 1767, Montpellier, Hérault - DIED 5 Sep 1829, Meulan, Yvelines: Château de Bècheville|
REAL NAME Daru, Pierre-Antoine-Noël-Mathieu Bruno
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 21, ligne 01, no. 89)
Pierre Daru was the son of lawyer Noël Daru (1729-1804). He was educated at the Oratorian College of Tournon. In 1782 he returnedto Montpellier and in 1784 he was appointed provincial commissioner of war. At the time he also studied law. He published several works until the French Revolution forced him to concentrate on his military career. In 1793 his task was to protect the coasts of Brittany against the British as well as French royalists. During the Reign of Terror he was imprisoned, but he was released after the fall of Robespierre.
After Napoleon came to power in 1799 he became chief commissary to the Army of Reserve and with Berthier and Dejean he signed the armistice with the Holy Roman Empire in June 1800. In 1802 he married Alexandrine Thérèse Nardot (1783-1815), who was painted by Jacques-Louis David. In 1803 he was once more involved in protecting the French coasts.
He was appointed intendant-general of the military household of Napoleon and he participated in drawing up the Treaty of Tilsit in 1807. In Erfurt he was present when Napoleon received Goethe. In 1809 he became a count of the empire. When Napoleon abdicated in 1814 he retired to private life, but he returned to support him during the 100 days. After the Bourbon restoration he became a member of the Chamber of Peers.
He died in 1829 in Meulan. His son Napoléon (1807-1890) was a soldier and a politician.
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