- Historical event
- 5 July 1805
- Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte was the son of Napoleon's brother. His mother was an American woman named Elizabeth Patterson. Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte with his descendants constituted the American branch of the Bonaparte dynasty.
On this day, in 1805, Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte, son of Napoleon’s youngest brother Jérôme, was born.
Interestingly, the mother of Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte was an American woman named Elizabeth Patterson, who married the mentioned Napoleon’s brother in the United States in 1803.
Elizabeth was the daughter of William Patterson, one of the richest men in Maryland. Little Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte grew up in America with his wealthy mother while his father returned to Europe and married again, since the Emperor Napoleon annulled the mention marriage (in fact, Napoleon made his brother the king of Westphalia in Germany).
Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte with his descendants constituted the American branch of the Bonaparte dynasty.
He married his American wife, Susan May Williams, who was also from a wealthy family. They had two sons: Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte II and Charles Joseph Bonaparte. The latter even became the United States Attorney General and Secretary of the Navy.