Studied law in his native Germany and was named conseiller of the prince de Solm (1760).
Arrived in Paris (1762). Taught German at the Ecole militaire for more than twenty years before becoming a royal censor. During the French Revolution, briefly taught legislation at the Ecole centrale de Fontainebleau.
Wrote several original works including Nouveaux principes de la grammaire allemande (Hanau, 1760), Introduction à la lecture des auteurs allemands (Paris, 1763), and Leçons de droit public (Paris, 1786). Translated numerous works from German.
Born at Hanau, Germany.