Decades later, in the election of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte in 1851, Dumas fell from favour and left France for Belgium, where he stayed for several years.Upon leaving Belgium, Dumas moved to Russia for a few years before going to Italy.He also was the most delightfully amusing and egotistical creature on the face of the earth.His tongue was like a windmill – once set in motion, you never knew when he would stop, especially if the theme was himself." Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (later known as Alexandre Dumas) was born in 1802 in Villers-Cotterêts in the department of Aisne, in Picardy, France.He also wrote numerous magazine articles and travel books; his published works totalled 100,000 pages.
Dumas was promoted to general by the age of 31, the first soldier of Afro-Antilles origin to reach that rank in the French army.
It is not known whether his mother was born in Saint-Domingue or in Africa, nor is it known from which African people her ancestors came.
Brought as a boy to France by his father and legally freed there, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas Davy was educated in a military school and joined the army as a young man.
He acquired a position at the Palais Royal in the office of Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans.
While working for Louis-Philippe, Dumas began writing articles for magazines and plays for the theatre.
He had two older sisters, Marie-Alexandrine (born 1794) and Louise-Alexandrine (born 1796, died 1797).