Henri Hébrard de Villeneuve

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events) • Administrator
Full nameHenri•Hébrard de Villeneuve
Used nameHenri•Hébrard de Villeneuve
Born11 September 1848 in Riom, Puy-de-Dôme (FRA)
Died22 May 1925 in Paris VIIIe, Paris (FRA)
NOC France


Henri Hébrard de Villeneuve had a classical education in Paris and qualified as a lawyer in Paris, and then began a military career before pursuing a career in politics. He was with the Armies of the East and the Loire as Adjutant-Lieutenant on the 32nd Regiment Mobile Puy-de-Dôme. In 1873 he became a member of the State Council, was appointed as an auditor in 1984, and master of requests in 1879. Hébrard de Villeneuve was appointed councillor of state in 1895, President of the National Board of Wards of the State in 1917, Vice-President of the State Council in 1919, and Honorary Chairman. He was elected as a member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences in 1920.

Hébrard de Villeneuve was a top fencer, studying under Jean-Baptiste Mimiague, and competing at the 1900 Olympics. In 1906 he founded the National Federation of Fencing which later became the French Fencing Federation, and published a book in 1894, Treatise on Fencing. Hébrard de Villeneuve was co-opted onto the IOC in 1900 and served until 1911 but only attended one IOC Session during his tenure. He was named a Commander of the Legion d’Honneur in 1908.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Fencing FRA Henri Hébrard de Villeneuve
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) AC p3 r2/4
Tennis FRA Henri Hébrard de Villeneuve
Singles, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) =17

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Member International Olympic Committee 1900—1911 FRA Henri Hébrard de Villeneuve