Isidore Marie Auguste François Xavier Comte was born in Montpellier, France on January 19, 1798. Comte's parents were royalists and Roman Catholics, but others were republicans and skeptical after the French Revolution. Comte decided to leave Roman Catholicism and royalism entirely. In 1814, he entered École Polytechnique, a military school that became a general school. The school closed temporarily in 1816 ,at this time, Comte took permanent residence in Paris.