Antoine Augustin Parmentier


Antoine Augustin Parmentier Famous memorial

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

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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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 8 Jun 1999
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 5651
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Antoine Augustin Parmentier (12 Aug 1737–13 Dec 1813), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5651, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find a Grave .