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LA FOREST, Antoine Rene Charles Nathurin, Comte de, diplomatist, born in Aire, France, 8 August, 1756; died 2 August, 1846. Retiring from the army, he entered the diplomatic service in 1774, and in November, 1778, was attached to the French legation in the United States. He was successively vice-consul at Savannah, Philadelphia, and New York, and in 1785 became consul-general. He returned to France in 1792, and was again consul-general to the United States in 1794-'5. He was placed at the head of the French post office department after the 18th Brumaire, in 1800 was minister to the congress of Luneville, minister to Berlin in 1803-'6, and to Spain in 1808-'13. He was made a peer of France in 1819, and minister of state and member of the privy council in 1825.
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