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Marc Pierre de Voyer de Paulmy, comte d'Argenson


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Marc-Pierre de Voyer de Paulmy, comte d'Argenson (August 16, 1696, Paris – August 22, 1764, Paris) was a French politician, son of the 1st Marquis d'Argenson and the younger brother of René Louis d’Argenson. d'Argenson became general lieutenant of the Paris police in 1720, 1737 Intendand of Paris and 1743 secretary of state for war. He successfully helped Maurice de Saxe reorganizing the army, contributing to the victories of 1744 and 1745. After the peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, he was active in improving military training and founded the École Militaire in 1751. The Champs Élysées and the Place de la Concorde were planned by him.

D'Argenson supported the Academy of Inscriptions in 1748.

He had to resign due the influence of Madame de Pompadour in 1757, was confined to his country seat Ormes and returned to Paris only after the death of his powerful enemy.

Political offices
Preceded by
François Victor le Tonnelier de Breteuil
Secretary of State for War
1743–1757
Succeeded by
Marc-René de Voyer, marquis de Paulmy
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