Camus, Armand Gaston, was born in 1740 in Paris. By reason of his knowledge of ecclesiastical law he was chosen advocate-general of the French clergy. Subsequently, as a member of the states-general for Paris, he showed himself a determined opponent of the court party. He was amongst those that accused the king of treason and conspiracy, and being absent at the time of the king's trial, he sent his vote for execution. He was imprisoned in 1793 by the Austrians, and after two and half years was released in exchange for Louis XVI.'s daughter. Returning to Paris, he was made one of the Council of Five Hundred, and became president of that body in 1796. He shortly after resigned and devoted himself to literature. He died in 1804 of apoplexy.