Louis René (b. 1731) was a French merchant and retired member of the French Army.
Louis was born and raised in the outskirts of Bordeaux. He was the son of M. and Mme. René, and the brother of seven other children. His destiny was clear: join the farming in your youth, and find work in the city later. Louis did so.
At some point he met Victoire Vauban, whom he had an affair with. When it was discovered she carried a child under her heart, Louis married her on the spot. Their first son, Jeannot, was born six months after the marriage – meaning Victoire already was thee months during her pregnancy when she marries Louis. The two bought a house in Bordeaux, where Louis began working as a blacksmith – working himself slowly upwards the social ladder. Later, he had learned the world of trading and became a merchant. His wife began as a seamstress. He served the French Army during the Seven Years' War from 1755, before retiring from his services for the King.
During their years in Bordeaux, the children Claude and Suzanne was born. While Suzanne was raised to become a housewife and a seamstress by her mother, her brothers were both taught in the ways of trading and fighting. Both of her brothers decided to enter the French Army later in their life, both returning and settling down after ten years of service.
After refusing several of her suitors, Suzanne became an outcast of the René-family – only having her brother Claude by her side.
After this incident, Lady Fortuna turned her back on Louis. His establishment and economy went downhill, forcing him to taking his life.