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  1. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte (February 6, 1785 – April 4, 1879) was an American socialite. She was the daughter of a Baltimore merchant and the first wife of Jérôme Bonaparte, Napoleon 's youngest brother. Contents 1 Early life 2 Personal life 2.1 Divorce and last years 2.2 Descendants 3 In popular culture

  2. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte , (born February 6, 1785, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.—died April 4, 1879, Baltimore), one of America’s first international celebrities, known for her fashionable clothing, witty remarks, fierce independence, and ties to the Bonapartes of France.

  3. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte (6 de febrero de 1785 – 4 de abril de 1879) fue la primera esposa de Jerónimo Bonaparte, el hermano menor de Napoleón Bonaparte.

  4. 05/01/2022 · Not many have heard the story of Elizabeth Patterson, a woman from Maryland who, against all odds, became royalty, only to be dumped on the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte. Elizabeth Patterson, known as Betsy, was born on February 6th, 1785, in Baltimore, to William Patterson, a successful businessman, and his wife, Dorcas Spear.

    • from Mademoiselle Patterson to Madame Bonaparte
    • Napoleon’s Reaction
    • in Search of Rank and Fortune
    • Betsy and The Bonapartes
    • Disappointments
    • Grumpy Old Age
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    A hustler with a high opinion of herself, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte had a brilliant social career and a very long life, though her letters do not leave the impression of a kind or a happy person. As an early biographer wrote: Elizabeth Patterson was born on February 6, 1785, the eldest daughter of wealthy Baltimore merchant William Patterson an...

    When Napoleon learned of the marriage, he was furious. He had in mind a dynastic alliance for his brother, not a union with a commoner. He cut off Jérôme’s allowance and ordered him to return to France alone. Arguing that Jérôme was a minor who could not marry without the consent of his guardians, Napoleon prohibited recognition of the marriage in ...

    Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and the baby (whom she nicknamed “Bo”) returned to Baltimore, where Betsy continued to call herself Madame Bonaparte. Refusing to melt quietly into the background, she adopted French manners, was active in society, and made clear to others that she considered the United States inferior to Europe. Desiring financial and...

    While they were in Geneva, Betsy learned that Pauline Bonapartedesired to see her and Bo in Rome. It was suggested that Pauline, who had no living children of her own, might even make a financial provision for Bo. Though Betsy’s obsession with rank and fortune extended to her son, and she was determined to secure for him the status to which she bel...

    Here is where fact meets fiction, as Bo arrived at Joseph’s estate of Point Breeze in April 1822, just as he does in Napoleon in America. And although it’s Napoleon who nixes the match in the novel, in real life Joseph did the same, provoking a stoical reaction from disappointed Betsy. Before returning to Geneva in the spring of 1822, Betsy visited...

    Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte continued to move between Europe and the United States, preferring the former. She grew in bitterness as she aged. Betsy confessed in her correspondence her boredom, depression and disappointment, although she kept up her social engagements and continued to move in the highest circles. She was preoccupied with money, w...

    Betsy’s story has long captured American imaginations. It was the basis for a 1908 play by Rida Johnson Young called Glorious Betsy, which became a silent film in 1928 and was remade as a musical called “Hearts Divided” in 1936. Novels about Betsy include The Golden Bees: The Story of Betsy Patterson and the Bonapartes by Daniel Henderson (1928), T...

  5. 10/12/2021 · As she aged, Elizabeth lived alone in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood in Mrs. Gwinn’s boarding house. Neighbors often spotted her walking among her properties to collect rent. At her death in 1879, Elizabeth was worth about $1.5 million. She outlived her son, who died in 1870. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte is buried in Green Mount Cemetery.

  6. Elizabeth Patterson was a young woman of remarkable beauty of person, of strong powers of intellect, and of great fascination of manners, when, in the autumn of 1803, at a ball in the house of Samuel Chase, in Baltimore, she met Jerome Bonaparte, then in command of a French frigate.