Charles, marquis de La Valette

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Charles de La Valette

Charles-Jean-Marie-Félix, marquis de La Valette (25 November 1806, Senlis – 2 May 1881, Paris) was a French politician and diplomat.[1]

De La Valette's ancestral arms

Charles de La Valette was Minister of the Interior and of Foreign Affairs in the government of Emperor Napoleon III.[1]

He was French Ambassador to Constantinople before the Crimean War, then served as a government minister, before a posting to the Vatican (an ancestral family member had been Grand Master of the Order of Malta).

An Anglophile, he finally returned to London in an official capacity as French Ambassador from 1869 to 1870.[1]

The Marquis married firstly at London in 1828 Maria Garrow Birkett (who died 1831, aged 24), daughter of the late Daniel Birkett.[2] He married secondly in 1845 the widow of a Boston banker, Adeline Fowle (Mrs Samuel Welles), who died in 1869;[3] he married thirdly, in 1871, Georgiana-Gabrielle de Flahaut, marquise douairière de La Valette, who died in 1907; she was sister of Emily, Dowager Marchioness of Lansdowne.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c A.Robert et G.Cougny. "Charles, Jean, Marie, Félix LA VALETTE (1806 - 1881)" (in French). National Assembly (France), excerpted from the Dictionnaire des parlementaires français de 1789 à 1889. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Gentleman's Magazine 1828
  3. ^ www.musee-orsay.fr

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Boudet
Minister of the Interior
28 March 1865 – 13 November 1867
Succeeded by
Ernest Pinard
Preceded by
Édouard Drouyn de Lhuys
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1 September 1866 – 2 October 1866
Succeeded by
Lionel de Moustier
Preceded by
Lionel de Moustier
Minister of Foreign Affairs
17 December 1868 – 17 July 1869
Succeeded by
Henri, prince de La Tour d'Auvergne