Lavalette, Antoine-Marie Chamans, Comte de

BORN 14 Oct 1769, Paris - DIED 15 Feb 1830, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 36, ligne 01, P, 35)

Antoine-Marie-Chamans de Lavalette joined the French Revolutionary army in 1792. After the Battle of Arcole he became aide-de-camp of Napoleon in 1796. Napoleon was favourably impressed with him and sent him on diplomatic missions. He married Émilie-Louise, a niece of Joséphine de Beauharnais.

During the Empire he was Minister of Posts and in 1808 Napoleon made him a Count of the Empire. After the fall of the Empire he refused to go in exile with Napoleon because his wife was pregnant and he had a thirteen year old daughter. His wife lost the child and he was sentenced to death on November 21th, 1815.

The night before his execution he was visited by his wife and his daughter. They changed clothes and he escaped, wearing his wife's dark veil. He fled to England and then to Bavaria, where he was supported by Eugène de Beauharnais. His wife was imprisoned until January, 1816. Her emotions had damaged her sanity and she was put in a mental institution. In 1822 he was pardoned, returned to France and picked her up. He died in 1830.

• Daughter: Lavalette, Joséphine
• Wife: Beauharnais, Émilie Louise de (1798-)


The grave of Antoine-Marie, comte de Lavalette at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Antoine Marie Chamans - Wikipedia

Lavalette, Joséphine

Published: 24 Jun 2007
Last update: 26 Jan 2022