Napoléon III, also known as Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (1808-1873) was the first President of the French Republic and the last monarch of France. Made president by popular vote in 1848, Napoleon III ascended to the throne on 2 December 1852, the forty-eighth anniversary of his uncle, Napoleon I's, coronation.
Napoleon I, also called Napoléon Bonaparte, was a French military general and statesman. Napoleon played a key role in the French Revolution (1789-99), served as first consul of France (1799-1804), and was the first emperor of France (1804-14/15). Today Napoleon is widely considered one of the greatest military generals in history.