Thursday, June 18, 2015

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte by Gilbert Stuart, 1804 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte (1785–1879), known as Betsy, was the daughter of a prosperous
shipowner and merchant from Baltimore. She was the first wife of Jérôme Bonaparte, and thereby sister-in-law of Emperor Napoleon I of France.

They had one son, Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte. It is from him that the American line of the Bonaparte family descended.

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  1. That’s one Bonaparte I haven’t heard of, and I really should have. Such a pretty face too.

  2. there is a city park near the harbor area in Baltimore, Maryland named after the Patterson family. She was known to be quite fashionable, in the French manner. Her clothing was a little risque and almost "see-through", and her style inspired women such as Dolley Madison, wife of President James Madison, to wear dresses with deeply cut necklines.


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