Lebrun, Charles François

Lebrun, Charles François ləbröNˈ [key], 1739–1824, French statesman. A moderate member of the Constituent Assembly after the start of the French Revolution, he was imprisoned during the Reign of Terror. Following the coup of Napoleon Bonaparte (Nov., 1799), Lebrun served as third consul. In 1804 when Napoleon became emperor he made Lebrun arch-treasurer of the empire, and later duke of Piacenza. In 1810 he was appointed governor of Holland. Made (1814) a peer by King Louis XVIII, he supported Napoleon during the Hundred Days and was excluded from the house of peers from 1815 to 1819.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2024, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: French History: Biographies