Bignon, Louis Pierre Édouard

Bignon, Louis Pierre Édouard lwē pyĕr ādwär´ bēnyôN´ [key], 1771–1841, French diplomat and historian. He held diplomatic posts under Napoleon , was acting minister of foreign affairs during the Hundred Days , and signed the surrender of Paris after Waterloo. A member of the chamber of deputies in the Restoration, he was (1830) foreign minister under Louis Philippe , who raised him to the peerage. His major historical work, Histoire de France sous Napoléon (14 vol., 1829–50; completed posthumously by A. A. Ernouf), was commissioned by Napoleon.

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