Campan, Jeanne Louise Henriette
CAMPAN, JEANNE LOUISE HENRIETTE (1752-1822), nee GENEST, was born at Paris in 1752. Carefully educated, and surrounded by the most cultivated society, at the age of fifteen she had gained so high a reputation for her accomplishments as to be appointed reader to the young princesses. At court she was a general favourite, and when she bestowed her hand upon M. Campan, some of the secretary of the royal cabinet, the king gave her an annuity of 5000 livres as dowry. She was soon after appointed first lady of the bedchamber by Marie Antoinette; and she continued to be the faithful attendant of that princess till she was forcibly separated from her at the sacking of the Tuileries, on 20th June 1792. After this event Mine. Campan, almost penniless, and thrown on her own resources by the illness of her husband, bravely determined to support herself by establishing a school at Saint-Germain. The institution prospered, and was patronized by Mine. Beauharnais, whose influence led to the appointment of Mme. Campan as superintendent of the academy founded by Napoleon at Econen, for the education of the daughters and sisters of members of the Legion of Honour. This post she held till it was abolished at the restoration of the Bourbons, when she retired to Mantes, where she spent the rest of her life amid the kind attentions of affectionate friends, but saddened by the loss of her only son, and by the calumnies circulated on account of her connection with the Bonapartes. She died in 1822, leaving interesting/I/hum/es 8217' lct vie 2»-iv'ee de Marie Antoinette, marls de souvenirs et anecdotes historicoes sup les ri'ynes de Zonis X IV1–X V. (Paris, 1823) ; a treatise Dc l'Eclucation des Femmes ; and one or two small didactic works, written in a clear and natural. style.