Rochambeau, Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de, a Marshal of France; born in Vendome, France, July 1, 1725; entered the French army in 1742, distinguished himself in the Seven Years' War, and became Field-Marshal in 1761. In 1780-1782 he commanded the French forces sent to aid the revolted British colonists in America. He became governor of Artois and Picardy, and subsequently of Alsace, was made a Marshal in 1790, and commanded the Army of the North in 1792. During the Reign of Terror he narrowly escaped the guillotine. He died in Thori, May 10, 1807.
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