Jean de Neuflize

Jean Frédéric Poupart de Neuflize, 4th Baron of Neuflize CVO (21 August 1850 – 20 September 1928)[1] was a French equestrian and a Parisian banker. He competed in the equestrian mail coach event at the 1900 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal.[2]

Jean de Neuflize

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Baron and Baroness de Neuflize, 1912
Jean Frédéric Poupart de Neuflize

(1850-08-21)21 August 1850
Paris, France
Died20 September 1928(1928-09-20) (aged 78)
EducationLycée Saint-Louis
Lycée Bonaparte
Madeleine Dolfuss-Davilliers
(m. 1874; died 1926)
RelativesFrederick Ponsonby, 10th Earl of Bessborough (grandson)
Lady Moyra Browne (granddaughter)
AwardsLegion of Honour
Sports career
Personal information

Early lifeEdit

Portrait of Jean and his brother, by Édouard Dubufe, 1859.

Neuflize was born in Paris on 21 August 1850 into the prominent minority Protestant establishment of France.[3] He was the eldest son of Jean André Poupart de Neuflize, 3rd Baron of Neuflize (1820–1868), and his wife, Marie Louise André (1826–1907).[4]

His great-grandfather, Jean Abraham Poupart de Neuflize (who was made the first Baron of Neuflize in 1810),[5] built the Château de Montvillers in 1770 in Bazeilles in the Grand Est region of northern France.[6]

He was educated at the Lycée Saint-Louis, followed by the Lycée Bonaparte.


Neuflize, a banker, succeeded his father as the head of the Banque de Neuflize et Cie in Paris, which had been founded in 1710 by his great-grandfather Jean Abraham Poupart de Neuflize, a draper from Sedan, Ardennes,[7] and traced its lineage to seventeenth century Genoa.[3].[a] His family's bank was among the most prominent banking houses of France, which included the Hottinguer, Mallet, Rothschilds and Vernes banks.[12][13] He was succeeded in the bank by his second son, Jacques,[14] who was the representative of the Banque de French in America during World War I.[15]

From 1902 until his death in 1928, he was a Regent of Banque de France, the central bank of France, and was serving as Dean of Regents at the time of his death. In 1904, he helped established the French investment bank Banque de l'Union Parisienne.[16][17] He was also vice president of Paris, Lyons & Marseilles Railway, chairman of the board of directors of the Ottoman Bank, and president of the Évian Mineral Water Society.[1]

Olympic careerEdit

Neuflize competed in the equestrian mail coach event at the 1900 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

On 28 April 1874, Neuflize was married to Madeleine Dolfuss-Davilliers (1855–1926). She was born in Soisy-sous-Montmorency and was a daughter of Mathieu Dollfus and Laure Cécile Davillier, and granddaughter of industrialist Jean Dollfus.[4] In Paris, they lived at 7 Rue Alfred-de-Vigny, a Hôtel particulier in the 8th arrondissement, Together, they were the parents of three children:[4]

In 1897,[24] he built the Château des Tilles, a large Norman villa near Coye-la-Forêt in the Oise department in northern France near Chantilly.[4]

The Baron de Neuflize died on 20 September 1928 at Coye-la-Forêt. His funeral was held at the Père Lachaise Cemetery where he was buried.[1]


Through his eldest son, André, he was a grandfather of Jacqueline de Neuflize, who married Baron Jean de Watteville-Berckheim of Paris in 1937,[25][26] Marie Madeleine de Neuflize,[27] who married the Baron Christian de Turckheim[28] (and resided at Château de Blanant in Lorraine),[29] and Genevieve de Neuflize (1907–1938), who married Count Costa de Beauregard (later the Marquis de Beauregard),[30] the son of Ferdinand Costa, Marquis de Beauregard.[31][b]

Through his daughter, the Countess of Bessborough, he was a grandfather of four, including: Frederick Edward Neuflize Ponsonby, 10th Earl of Bessborough (1913–1993), the Hon. Desmond Neuflize Ponsonby (1915–1925), who died young, Lady Moyra Ponsonby (1918–2016), and Lt. Hon. George St Lawrence Neuflize Ponsonby (1931–1951).[23]


  1. ^ In 1945, Neuflize merged with the Banque Schlumberger (which had been formed in 1919).[3][8] In 1966,[9] the Banque de Neuflize‐Schlumberger merged with La Banque Mallet Freres et Cie (founded 1713) to become the Banque de Neuflize, Schlumberger, Mallet (NSM).[10] In 1972, Mees & Hope obtained a minority interest in the bank and in April 1980, Algemene Bank Nederland (one of the main predecessors in ABN AMRO) obtained a majority interest in NSM. In 1999, NSM acquired Banque Demachy to become NSMD.[11]
  2. ^ Upon their wedding, Count Costa de Beauregard inherited Château de Beauregard,[32] the Beauregard family residence on Lake Geneva in Switzerland.[31]
  1. ^ a b c TIMES, Special Cable to THE NEW YORK (22 September 1928). "BARON J. NEUFLIZE DIES IN PARIS AT 78; Dean of Bank of France Regents Aided His Country Here During the War. HELPED TO OBTAIN CREDITS Persuaded American Bankers French People Had the Ability to Pay Back". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jean de Neuflize Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "De Neuflize Bank Repels Take‐Over Bid". The New York Times. 18 February 1972. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d of), Melville Amadeus Henry Douglas Heddle de La Caillemotte de Massue de Ruvigny Ruvigny and Raineval (9th marquis (1914). The Titled Nobility of Europe: An International Peerage, Or "Who's Who", of the Sovereigns, Princes and Nobles of Europe. Harrison & Sons. p. 1074. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  5. ^ Révérend, vicomte Albert (1905). Titres, anoblissements et pairies de la restauration 1814-1830 (in French). Chez l'auteur et chez H. Champion. p. 422. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA08000327 Chateau of Montvillers (in French)
  7. ^ Bergeron, Louis; Palmer, R. A. (1981). France Under Napoleon. Princeton University Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-691-00789-2. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  8. ^ Cassis, Youssef; Cottrell, Philip L. (2015). Private Banking in Europe: Rise, Retreat, and Resurgence. OUP Oxford. p. 275. ISBN 978-0-19-105461-7. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Two French Banks Merged". The New York Times. 2 June 1966. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  10. ^ "The Mallet Bank". Musée protestant. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  11. ^ Pohl, Manfred (1994). Handbook on the History of European Banks. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 220. ISBN 978-1-78195-421-8. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  12. ^ Bonin, Hubert (2006). Histoire de la Société Générale | 1864-1890, Naissance d'une Banque (in French). Librairie Droz. p. 11. ISBN 978-2-600-01038-2. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  13. ^ Berend, Ivan; Berend, Tibor Iván (2013). An Economic History of Nineteenth-Century Europe: Diversity and Industrialization. Cambridge University Press. p. 153. ISBN 978-1-107-03070-1. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  14. ^ "BARON DE NEUFLIZE BACK.; Representative of Bank of France Says French Are Optimistic". The New York Times. 14 April 1917. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  15. ^ "SAYS FRANCE NEEDS CREDIT.; Baron de Neuflize Tells of Problems of Franco-American Trade". The New York Times. 17 July 1919. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  16. ^ Bitsch, Marie-Thérèse (1 January 1994). La Belgique entre la France et l'Allemagne: 1905-1914. Publications de la Sorbonne. ISBN 978-2-85944-239-2. Retrieved 17 June 2013.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  17. ^ Consiglio, Mr John A.; Oliva, Mr Juan Carlos Martinez; Tortella, Professor Gabriel (2013). Banking and Finance in the Mediterranean: A Historical Perspective. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4094-8285-7. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  18. ^ TIMES, Wireless to THE NEW YORK (26 April 1938). "Robs Baroness de Neuflize Of $40,000 Gems in Paris". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  19. ^ "MISS BARBEY ENGAGED.; Daughter of the Late Henry Barbey of New York to Wed Gilbert Elliott". The New York Times. 3 August 1910. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  20. ^ "WEDDINGS OF A DAY; De Neuflize--Barbey". The New York Times. 11 February 1903. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  21. ^ a b "BARON DE NEUFLIZE DIES; French Banker Lectured Here and Wrote 'on' Finance". The New York Times. 17 January 1953. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  22. ^ Times, Marconi Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph To the New York (26 June 1912). "WEDS LORD DUNCANNON.; Baron Neuflize's Daughter Married to Lord Bessborough's Heir". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  23. ^ a b "Bessborough, Earl of (I, 1739)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  24. ^ Milligan, Rémi (2019). Le Château des Tilles (in French). Librinova. p. 12. ISBN 979-10-262-3793-8. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  25. ^ "MISS DE NEUFLIZE ENGAGED IN PARIS; Her Betrothal to Baron Jean de Watteville Berckheim Is Annotinced MARCH WEDDING PLANNED Bride-to-Be Is a Granddiughter of-Late Mr and Mrs. Henry Barbey of New York". The New York Times. 21 February 1937. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  26. ^ "MISS DE NEUFLIZE BRIDE IN CATHEDRAL; She Is Married in Paris to Baron Jean de Watteville-Berckheim of Alsace". The New York Times. 13 March 1937. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  27. ^ "Wills for Probate". The New York Times. 2 October 1938. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  28. ^ Neuflize, André Poupart de; Gayot, Gérard (2013). L' Entrepreneur et l'historien: deux regards sur l'industrialisation dans le textile (XVIIIe-XIXe siècle) (in French). Presses Univ. Septentrion. p. 181. ISBN 978-2-7574-0457-7. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  29. ^ Birkhead, May (18 September 1932). "HUNTING ENGAGES SOCIETY IN FRANCE; To Rent a Chateau in Shooting Districts Around Paris Is Now Quite the Thing to Do. MANY FOREIGNERS DEPART President Will Entertain at a Big Shoot at His Lodge Early In October". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  30. ^ Birkhead, May (7 December 1930). "MLLE. DE NEUFLIZE OF PARIS ENGAGED; Daughter of Baron and Baroness de Neuflize to Wed Comte Costa de Beauregard. WADDELLS WILL SAIL SOON Son-in-Law and Daughter of Chief Justice Hughes to Go Home for Christmas Holidays". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  31. ^ a b "MLLE. DENEUFLIZE BRIDE OF A COUNT; Great-Granddaughter of Late Pierre Lorillard Married to Costa de Beauregard. CEREMONY AT CHANTILLY Couple to Live in Chateau on Lake Geneva Inherited by Bridegroom on His Wedding Day". The New York Times. 19 December 1930. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  32. ^ fr:Château de Beauregard (Chablais)

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