Colbert, Jean-Baptiste, 1619-1683

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Birth 1619-08-29
Death 1683-09-06

Biographical notes:

Colbert was the controller general of finance under King Louis XIV of France from 1665-1668.

From the description of Memoires sur les ordonnances en général, [166-]. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 71062398

Jean Baptiste Colbert served as the French minister of finance under King Louis XIV and achieved a reputation for his work of improving French manufacturing and bringing the economy back from bankruptcy. He created a favorable balance of trade and increased France's colonial holdings by advocating the policy of mercantilism. Gabriel Nicolas de La Reynie was selected to fill the new position of Lieutenant-General of the French Police in 1671. The duties of his post were vast, and by the end of his term he managed to transform Paris, improve tremendously urban law enforcement, restructure the Paris Police Force, reduce dueling, and increase state control over prostitution.

From the description of Letters : to Gabriel Nicolas de La Reynie, 1667-1678. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 189863085

Controller-General of Finance to Louis XIV.

From the description of Autograph signature to document (on vellum) : Versailles, 1685 June 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270900035

French statesman. M. Colbert was the marquis de Seignelay.

From the description of Collection cinq cents de Colbert, 1577-1750. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79455512

1665-1863 minister of finances; 1669-1683 Secretary of State of the Navy.

Epithet: French politician

Title: 1st Marquis de Seignelay

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000246.0x0000d7


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