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LOUIS JOSEPH VIONNET, VICOMTE DE MARINGONÉ, was born in Longueville in 1769, the son of a peasant and a lacemaker.

He joined the artillery in 1793 and was promoted to captain in the line in 1794. He fought in Italy in 1796, in the line infantry in 1798 and the Guard grenadiers in 1806, and campaigned in Prussia, Poland and Spain. In 1809 he joined the Fusiliers of the Guard, fought again in Spain in 1811 and then, with the rank of major, he took part in the 1812 Russian campaign, which he survived. He retired in the 1830s and diedm in 1834.