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d'Argenson, Count Marc Pierre De Voyer De Paulmy (1696-1764)
Marc-Pierre de Voyer de Paulmy, comte d'Argenson is was a French politician, the younger brother of René Louis d’Argenson.
d'Agenson became general lieutnant 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 Encyclopedists of d'Alembert and Diderot, who's first volumes were dedicated to him and provided his friend Voltaire with material for his Siècle de Louis XIV. He had to abdicate through the influenceof Madame de Pompadour in 1757, was confined to his country seat Ormes and returned to Paris only after the death of his powerful enemy.

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