Antoine Augustin Parmentier

Antoine Augustin Parmentier

Birth
Montdidier, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Death 13 Dec 1813 (aged 76)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 39
Memorial ID 5651 · View Source
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Pharmacist and agonomist (and eventually Inspector of Public Health) best known for popularizing the potato in France. His most famous publicity stunts were posting a prominent military guard over his Paris potato patch by day but sending the guards home at night, to convince the locals that potatoes were valuable and to give them a chance to steal some to try them at home, and entertaining Benjamin Franklin at a grandiose banquet of which every course was prepared from potatoes. He is commemorated in the names of numerous potato dishes and in that of a Paris metro station (two stops northwest of Pere Lachaise Cemetery on the #3 line), which was recently redecorated entirely in a potato theme.


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  • Added: 8 Jun 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5651
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Antoine Augustin Parmentier (12 Aug 1737–13 Dec 1813), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5651, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .