Swiss politician from a Geneva family of soldiers, scientists, theologians, and bankers / 1755-1824 / short period as a student / 1775-87 military career in France / 1788 member of Genevan Parliament and high officer of Genevan troops / 1794 house arrest during the Revolution / 1798-1813 French occupation of the Republic of Geneva / 1798 acquisition of an estate near Lancy, raised Merino sheep / from 1814 diplomatic career following the fall of Napoleon’s empire: Represented Switzerland at international negotiations over territory in Basel, Paris, and Vienna / negotiated the current borders of Canton Geneva, admission of the Republic of Geneva to the Swiss Confederation, recognition of the permanent neutrality of Switzerland at the Congress of Vienna / monument and street named for him in Geneva