Aupick, Jacques

BORN 28 Feb 1789, Gravelines, Nord - DIED 27 Apr 1857, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière du Montparnasse, 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet (division 06)

Jacques Aupick became an orphan at an early age. He was educated at the military school at Saint-Cyr. He joined the army and served in Spain before he saw action at Bautzen, Dresden and Leipzig. In June 1815 he was wounded at the Battle of Fleurus. After Napoleon's second abdication he was put on half pay.

In 1818 he joined the general staff and was aide-de-camp to the generals Joseph Barbanègre, François Nicolas Fririon and Louis Meynadier. He 1823 he took part in an expedition to Spain and in 1830 he served in Algeria, where he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Back in France he suppressed the resurrection of the Canuts in Lyon.

In 1828 he had married Caroline Dufaÿs, the widow of Joseph-François Baudelaire and the mother of Charles Baudelaire, who was seven years old at the time. Their had a difficult relationships and often quarreled. In 1839 he was promoted to camp marshal and in 1847 he was put in command of the École polytechnique. In 1848 he was sent to Contantinolpe and in 1851 he was appointed ambassador to Madrid.

In 1853 he asked permission to return to France, where he became a senator. He settled in Honfleur in 1855 where his widow retired after his death in Paris in 1857. A few weeks after his death "Les fleurs du mal" by Charles Baudelaire was published.

Related persons
• is stepfather/stepmother of Baudelaire, Charles


The grave of Charles Baudelaire and Jacques Aupick at the Montparnasse cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (07 Mar 1995)


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Published: 21 Mar 2020
Last update: 25 Apr 2022