Archive for February, 2013


The Honeymoon Is Over

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager For several months after the wedding, Jerome’s advisors begged him to heed Napoleon’s orders and return to France. He refused, insisting that he would not leave without hearing directly from his brother. Finally in April 1804, still with no word from Napoleon, Jerome agreed return, but not without his new […]

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The Love Affair

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager Many versions of how the young lovers met exist.  A diary entry by James Gallatin recounts a story told to him by Betsy, and later confirmed by her in a letter to another friend… She was invited to dine with an old Frenchman, the Marquis de Poléon [Louis Pascault]…All the […]

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About Napoleon Bonaparte

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager “The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their consequences.” –Napoleon Bonaparte (Date unknown) Napoleone Buonaparte was born on August 15, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica. He was the fourth child of Carlo Buonaparte, a lawyer, and his wife, Letizia Ramolino. The Corsican Buonapartes were descended […]

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About Jerome Bonaparte

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager “I just love beautiful things.” – Jerome Bonaparte to his brother Napoleon Jerome Bonaparte was born in Corsica on November 15, 1784, the youngest of thirteen children, of whom only eight survived to adulthood. His father, Carlo Buonaparte, was a successful lawyer despite the fact he had never finished his […]

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About Betsy Bonaparte

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager “Nature never intended me for obscurity.” – Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte to her father, 1815 Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 6, 1785, was the oldest of 13 children. Betsy, as she was affectionately known, was the daughter of William Patterson, an Irish immigrant shipping merchant who quickly […]

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