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Charles, marquis de La Valette

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The Marquis de La Valette
La Valette, Charles Jean Marie Felix.jpg
French Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
Preceded byHenri, prince de La Tour d'Auvergne
Succeeded byPhilippe de Rohan-Chabot
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
17 December 1868 – 17 July 1869
Preceded byLionel de Moustier
Succeeded byHenri, prince de La Tour d'Auvergne
In office
1 September 1866 – 2 October 1866
Preceded byÉdouard Drouyn de Lhuys
Succeeded byLionel de Moustier
Minister of the Interior
In office
28 March 1865 – 13 November 1867
Preceded byPaul Boudet
Succeeded byErnest Pinard
Personal details
Charles-Jean-Marie-Félix de La Valette

(1806-11-25)25 November 1806
Senlis, Oise, France
Died2 May 1881(1881-05-02) (aged 74)
Paris, France
Maria Garrow Birkett
(m. 1828; died 1831)
Adeline Fowle Welles
(m. 1842; died 1869)
Georgiana-Gabrielle de Flahaut
(m. 1871)

Charles-Jean-Marie-Félix, marquis de La Valette (25 November 1806 – 2 May 1881) was a French politician and diplomat.[1]


De La Valette's ancestral arms
De La Valette's ancestral arms
Charles de La Valette (1806-1881).jpg

Charles de La Valette was Minister of the Interior and of Foreign Affairs in the government of Emperor Napoleon III.[1]

He was French Ambassador to Constantinople from 1851-53, before the Crimean War, then served as a government minister, before a posting to the Vatican (an ancestral family member Jean Parisot de Valette had been Grand Master of the Order of Malta).[2]

An Anglophile, he finally returned to London in an official capacity as French Ambassador from 1869 to 1870.[1]

Personal life

The Marquis married firstly Maria Garrow Birkett at London in 1828. Maria, a daughter of the late Daniel Birkett, died in 1831, aged 24.[3]

In 1842, he married secondly to Adeline Fowle Welles (1799–1869), the widow of a Boston banker Samuel Welles, who died in 1841.[2] After twenty-seven years of marriage,[2] Adeline died in 1869.[4]

He married thirdly, in 1871, Georgiana-Gabrielle de Flahaut, marquise douairière de La Valette, who died in 1907; she was sister of Emily, Dowager Marchioness of Lansdowne.[5]


See also


  1. ^ a b c A.Robert et G.Cougny. "Charles, Jean, Marie, Félix LA VALETTE (1806 - 1881)" (in French). National Assembly (France), excerpted from the Dictionnaire des parlementaires français de 1789 à 1889. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Bust of la Marquise de la Valette | Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste". Victoria and Albert Museum. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  3. ^ "The Gentleman's Magazine". E. Cave. 1828: 80. Retrieved 13 March 2020. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Musée d'Orsay: Notice d'Oeuvre". Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  5. ^ "The Illustrated London News". William Little. 1869: 389. Retrieved 13 March 2020. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Boudet
Minister of the Interior
28 March 1865 – 13 November 1867
Succeeded by
Ernest Pinard
Preceded by
Édouard Drouyn de Lhuys
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1 September 1866 – 2 October 1866
Succeeded by
Lionel de Moustier
Preceded by
Lionel de Moustier
Minister of Foreign Affairs
17 December 1868 – 17 July 1869
Succeeded by
Henri, prince de La Tour d'Auvergne

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