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|Full Name||Jean-Baptiste Colbert|
|Who||Minister of Finances of France|
|Birth Date||August 29, 1619|
|Death Date||September 6, 1683|
|Cause of Death||kidney stones|
|Education||University of Paris|
|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.