Vergennes Charles Gravier Count De 1717-1787 Born In Dijon

Educated there at the Jesuit College. In 1740 entered the diplomatic

service, being sent to Lisbon. In 1741 took part in the negotiations

that resulted in the election to the empire of the elector of Bavaria,

Charles VII. In 1752 attended the Congress of Hanover. From 1754 to 1768

ambassador at Constantinople. In 1771-1774, when minister at the court

of Sweden, supported the revolution in favour of Gustavus III. In 1774

appointed by the king of France, secretary of foreign affairs. Secretly

aided the American Revolution with funds, arms, and stores, and arranged

the treaty of alliance between the United States and France, 1778.