Jean-Baptiste Colbert, 1655
Jean-Baptiste Colbert was the French Minister of Finances under the reign of Louis XIV.

Full Name Jean-Baptiste Colbert
Who Minister of Finances of France
Birth Date August 29, 1619
Death Date September 6, 1683
Country France
Born Reims, France
Died Paris, France
Cause of Death kidney stones
Education University of Paris
Father Nicolas Colbert
Mother Marie Pussort Colbert
Spouse Marie Charron Colbert

Jeanne Marie Colbert

Jules Armand Colbert

Marie Anne Colbert


Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Seignelay

Jacques Nicolas Colbert

Jean-Jules Armand Colbert


In his youth, Colbert claimed to have worked for the father of poet Jean Chaplain.

In his 20's, Colbert was a personal secretary to Michel le Tellier.

Colbert was a devotee and friend of Cardinal Mazarin, though he did not agree with his political views. It was Mazarin who recommended Colbert to Louis XIV.

Colbert served closely under Louis XIV for a number of years, recieving numerous promotions, honors, and gifts.

Colbert, with the help of Mazarin, attacked and exposed Nicolas Fouquet of mis-handling tax revenue.

Colbert was the superior of Charles Perrault and Jean Chapelain at the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres. Perrault and Chapelain worked as his secretaries.

Colbert was a great patron of the arts, and acted as a benefactor to various literary men, including Moliere, Pierre Corneille, Jean Racine, Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, Pierre Daniel Huet, Antoine Varillas, Christiaan Huygens, and others.

Philippe de Champaigne painted Colbert's portrait in 1666.

Colbert was a benefactor and investor in the engineering work of Pierre Paul Riquet.

Antoine Coysevox sculpted a bust of Colbert.

Colbert commissioned Claude Perrault to build the Paris Observatory, and brought Giovanni Domenico Cassini from Italy in order to have him oversee the project.

Charles Hector d'Estaing was a descendant of Colbert.


Reims, France - Born here, 1619.

Paris, France - Attended university here, lived most of his life here, died here in 1683.

Rome, Italy - Visited, 1666.

Arles, France - Visited, around 1660's.

Soissons, France - Visited, around 1660's.

How Added - Through descendant Charles Hector d'Estaing, who was found through his minister Samuel Cooper, who was found through his friend Albert Gallatin.

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