wild one of the Bonaparte clan, Jerome began his military career
in the navy and during a stop in America fell in love with an heiress,
marriage got Jerome offside with his brother Napoleon
and the pair did not have any dealings for some time.
1806, Jerome became a vice-admiral
and repaired his relationship with the emperor, joining him as a
divisional commander of the Bavarian forces in the Grande Armee.
1807, he was made King of Westphalia and, after divorcing his first
wife, married a Wurrtemburg princess.
the 1809 campaign along the Danube
he was a corps commander and during the invasion
of Russia in 1812 he controlled the right wing of the French
army. His performance was poor and again he felt the emperor's wrath
and was replaced.
the French were forced from Westphalia in 1813,
Jerome returned to France.
the 100 Days' Campaign, Jerome
again led French troops in the field at Waterloo
and was responsible for the misguided, and costly, attacks on Hougoumont.
for many years after Napoleon's final fall, he travelled Europe
but was allowed to return in 1847.
held many high posts - including president of the Senate and becoming
a marshal of France - and married one more time.