Vergennes, Charles Gravier, comte de (1717-1787)

Diplomat, statesman, French minister of foreign affairs.

Received his political education from his uncle, Theodore de Chavigny, French ambassador in Lisbon and Frankfort.

Held a range of ministerial positions across Europe. Appointed ministre des affaires étrangères by Louis XVI (1774-87). Publically advocated the political and commercial isolation of England.

Supported the American Revolution. Charged Conrad-Alexandre Gérard to conclude the French-American Treaty of Alliance (1778).

His last diplomatic work was to conclude the Treaty of Commerce with England (1786).

Born in Dijon.