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Jean Baptiste des Gallois de La Tour

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Died  1747
Nationality  French

Occupation  Public official
Name  Jean-Baptiste Gallois
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Children  Charles Jean-Baptiste des Gallois de La Tour

Jean-Baptiste des Gallois de La Tour (unknown-1747) was a French public official. He served as the First President of the Parliament of Aix-en-Provence from 1735 to 1747. He is remembered for his relative tolerance of witchcraft and Protestantism.

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Early life

Jean-Baptiste des Gallois de La Tour was born in an old French aristocratic family from Forez.

Career

He served as an Advisor in the Parliament of Paris, and later as an intendant in Britanny and Poitou.

He served as the last First President of the Parliament of Aix-en-Provence from 1748 to 1771, and from 1775 to 1790.

During the trial of the alleged witch Catherine Cadière and the Jesuit Fr Jean-Baptiste Girard (1680-1733), he was remarkably lenient.

Although he opposed the Protestant uprising in Cabrières-d'Aigues, it has been suggested that he did so humanely. Indeed, he appealed to Louis Phélypeaux, comte de Saint-Florentin (1707-1777) for clemency, adding that those were mostly peasants and they should not be fined too heavily, lest they became indigent.

Personal life

He had a son, Charles Jean-Baptiste des Gallois de La Tour (1715-1802), who served as the last First President of the Parliament of Aix-en-Provence.

He died in 1747.

References

Jean-Baptiste des Gallois de La Tour Wikipedia


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