Henri HÃ©brard 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-DÃ´me. In 1873 he became a member of the State Council, was appointed as an auditor in 1984, and master of requests in 1879. HÃ©brard 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.
HÃ©brard 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. HÃ©brard 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 dâHonneur in 1908.