Drouyn de Lhuys, Édouard

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Drouyn de Lhuys, Édouard Gender: M
born on 19 November 1805 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone LMT m2e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 26°18' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 01°06 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 17°21'

Édouard Drouyn de Lhuys (portrait by Auguste Lemoine)


French diplomat, the scion of a wealthy and noble house, who was educated at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand and excelled in rhetoric.

He was ambassador to the Netherlands and Spain, and distinguished himself by his opposition to Guizot. Drouyn de Lhuys served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1848 to 1849 in the first government of Odilon Barrot. In Barrot's second government, he was replaced by Alexis de Tocqueville, and was appointed ambassador to Great Britain. He returned briefly as foreign minister for a few days in January 1851, and then returned permanently in the summer of 1852, becoming the first foreign minister of the Second Empire. He resigned his post in 1855, during the Crimean War, when the peace preliminaries he had agreed to in consultation with the British and Austrians at Vienna were rejected by Napoleon III.

Drouyn de Lhuys returned to power seven years later, in 1862, when foreign minister Édouard Thouvenel resigned over differences with Napoleon on Italian affairs. Drouyn was thus foreign minister in the lead-up to the Austro-Prussian War. In the aftermath of that war, which was disastrous to French interests in Europe, Drouyn resigned and withdrew into private life. He died in Paris on 1 March 1881 at age 75.



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites birth record quoted in Le Curieux, Volumes 1-2 by Charles Nauroy (1883), page 377: "Extrait du registre des actes de naissance du 7 arrondissement de Paris pour l'an X I V. Du mercredi 29 brumaire an 14, de la République française, 11 h. 1/2 du matin, acte de naissance de Edouard Drouin-Lhuys, né le 28 de ce mois, une heure du matin." NB. 28 brumaire an 14, de la République = 19 November 1805.


  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Wealthy)
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat