Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (20 April 1808 – 9 January 1873) was the first President of the French Republic and, as Napoleon III, the ruler of the Second French Empire. He was the nephew and heir of Napoleon I. Elected President by popular vote in 1848, he initiated a coup d'état in 1851, before ascending the throne as Napoleon III on 2 December 1852, the forty-eighth anniversary of Napoleon I's ... more »
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''The army is the true nobility of our country.''Napoleon Bonaparte III (1808-1873), French emperor. Speech, March 20, 1855, at a review of the Imperial Guard, Paris.
''The Empress is Legitimist, my cousin is Republican, Morny is Orleanist, I am a socialist; the only Bonapartist is Persigny, and he is mad.''Napoleon Bonaparte III (1808-1873), French emperor. Attributed conversational remark, late 1850s. Of the leading figures in the Second Empire.