Alexandre-Théodore-Victor, comte de Lameth

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Alexandre-Théodore-Victor Lameth
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Born20 October 1760
Died18 March 1829 (1829-03-19) (aged 68)
Relatives Charles Malo François Lameth (brother)
Théodore de Lameth (brother)

Alexandre-Théodore-Victor, comte de Lameth (20 October 1760 18 March 1829) was a French soldier and politician.

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Alexandre Lameth was born in Paris on 20 October 1760 and was the youngest child of Marie Thérèse de Broglie. His mother was the sister of the Marshall de Broglie and a favourite of Marie Antoinette. [1] His other two brothers were, Théodore Lameth (1756–1854), who served in the American war, sat in the Legislative Assembly as deputy from the department of Jura, and became maréchal-de-camp; and Charles Malo François Lameth, who was a popular politician and a hero in the battle of the American War of Independence. [2] He served in the American War of Independence as a colonel in the Royal Lorraine Regiment under Rochambeau. [3] He was also a Knight of the Order of Malta like his brother Charles Lameth. [4] Like many other veterans from the American War of Independence, and those among the French Patriot Party, Lameth became friends with Thomas Jefferson. His commitment to moderate constitutional and social reform gathered him respect in the eyes of Jefferson, given his idea for a unicameral, influential legislature. [5] Several American newspapers would publish his speeches of what took place during the National Assembly, and his stances on private property, the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, etc. [6]

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He served in the army as maréchal-de-camp under Nicolas Luckner and the Marquis de la Fayette, but was accused of treason on 12 August 1792 for protesting against the Attack on the Tuileries. [9] Once he fled the country, Lameth as well as Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Bureaux de Pusy, and Latour-Maubourg, former members of the Constituent Assembly, were captured by Austrians. They were held in dungeons for seven years. [10]

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