Marquis de Perignon
Perignon was equally at home with either the sword or the diplomat's
letter, but proved more successful in the latter role.
early army career did not take off until had been serving for twelve
years when, in 1792, he was promoted to lead a division after excellent
performances in the Pyrenees.
some notable successes, he was replaced in 1795 and returned to
his old career of diplomacy, which saw him elected to the Council
of the 500 and then appointed as ambassador to Spain.
switch back to military life proved unhappy, as he was badly wounded
and captured at Novi, but was boosted by a senatorship in 1801.
was given in 1804, but Perignon saw no further clash of arms, being
given political positions instead.
the Bourbons returned in 1814, the marshal pledged loyalty to the
new regime and did not support Napoleon
Bonaparte's ill-fated restoration.
was one of those who voted for Michel