Jean-Baptiste Campenon

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General Jean Baptiste Marie Edouard Campenon (5 May 1819 in Tonnerre – 16 March 1891 in Neuilly-sur-Seine) was a French general and politician.


He studied at the École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr, graduating on 1 October 1840 as a sous-lieutenant. He took part in the Crimean War, the French conquest of Algeria, campaigns in China and the Franco-Prussian War. A friend of Gambetta, he was minister for war several times in 1881, then in 1883 and 1885. He then became a sénateur inamovible. He also secretly translated The Perfumed Garden.[1]


  1. ^ "France/Monde | Le traducteur secret du « Kama-Sutra » arabe était un officier en poste à Lyon - Le Progrès". Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  • G. Vapereau, «Campenon, Jean Baptiste Marie Edouard » in Dictionnaire Universel Des Contemporains, Paris : Hachette, 1880. (p. 10) OCLC 36982383