By means of his sons and his deputies (or viceroys) and by his system of matrimonial alliances he gave Athens a widespread influence in the centres of commerce, and brought her into connexion with the growing sources of trade and production in the eastern parts of the Greek world.
The deputies of the lower house are elected for three years directly by the people, one deputy for every 3000 male adults who can read and write.
He was ennobled and named a councillor of state; and from 1816 he sat in the chamber of deputies as representative of Ain.
In the Constituent Assembly he formed with Barnave and Adrien Duport a sort of association called the "Triumvirate," which controlled a group of about forty deputies forming the advanced left of the Assembly.
The appeal was heard at great length, in a synod of 703 under John VI., deputies from the archbishop of Canterbury being present.