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Jean-Barthelemy Haureau

Historian and publicist; b. at Paris, 1812; d. there, 1896

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Haureau, JEAN-BARTHELEMY, historian and publicist; b. at Paris, 1812; d. there, 1896. He was educated at the Louis le Grand and Bourbon colleges in his native city, and won high honors at his public examination. After graduating he became a journalist, and soon was a contributor to several democratic papers: “La Tribune”, “Le National”, “Le Droit”, “La Revue du Nord”. In 1838 he took the chief editorship of the “Courrier de la Sarthe” and was appointed librarian of the city of Le Mans, which position he retained until 1845, when he was dismissed on account of comments of his on the daring speech of the Mayor of Le Mans to the Duke of Nemours. He returned to Paris and once more became one of the editors of “Le National”. In 1848 the department of La Sarthe sent him to the Constituent Assembly, but his political career was neither long nor remarkable. In the same year he had been appointed keeper of the manuscripts at the Bibliotheque

Nationale, but he resigned in 1851 in order to protest against the coup d’etat of Louis Napoleon. In 1861 the Association of Advocates chose him as its librarian, and in 1862 he became a member of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. From 1871 to 1882 he was director of the Imprimerie Nationale. While Haureau was not always sound in his philosophical views, he died as a good Catholic, after receiving the sacraments of the Church.

Haureau was a voluminous writer. He contributed the “Pharsale” of Lucan and the “Facetie sur la mort de Claude” of Seneca, two translations, to the collection of Latin classics of Nisard. Besides writing numerous articles for political and historical cyclopedias, he published a number of important works on history and philosophy:—”Critique des hypotheses metaphysiques de Manes, de Pelage et de l’idealisme transcendental de saint Augustin” (Le Mans, 1840); “Histoire litteraire du Maine” (Paris, 1843-52); “Manuel du Clerge” (Paris, 1844); “Histoire de la Pologne” (Paris, 1846); “Charlemagne et sa cour” (Paris, 1854); “Francois Ier et sa cour” (Paris, 1855); “Hugues de Saint-Victor” (Paris, 1859); “Singularites historiques et litteraires” (Paris, 1861); “Histoire de la philosophie scolastique” (Paris, 1872-80), the best-known of his works; “Le commentaire de Jean Scot Erigene sur Martinus Capella” (Paris, 1861), etc. He is also the author of vols. XIV and XV of “Gallia Christiana” (Paris, 1856-1865).


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