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Military Personnel
    (March 25, 1767-October 13, 1815)
    Born in La Bastide-Fortuniere, France
    Marshall of France
    Grand Duke of Berg (1806-08)
    King of Naples (1808-15)
    Descendants include King Albert I of Belgium and actor Rene Auberjonois
    His flamboyant dress earned him the nickname 'the Dandy King.'
    He received his titles partly because he was Napoleon's brother-in-law, having married the Emperor's younger sister Caroline.
    He lobbied for the vacant throne of Spain, but was passed over in favor of Napoleon's brother Joseph.
    During Napoleon's retreat from Russia, he abandoned the army to return to Naples and save his throne.
    During the last few years of the Napoleonic Wars, he flip-flopped between Napoleon and the Emperor's enemies in an attempt to retain his throne.
    After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, he turned down an offer of asylum from Austria.
    Instead, he made a last attempt to reconquer Naples, and was captured by the forces of King Ferdinand IV, convicted of treason, and sentenced to death.
    He established a reputation as a gifted and daring cavalry leader.
    He was shot through the jaw during the Battle of Aboukir in Egypt (July 25, 1799).
    He encouraged Italian nationalism.
    At his execution by firing squad, he refused a blindfold, saying, 'I have braved death too often to fear it.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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