Baron, French magistrate, historian, and journalist; b. at Metz, June 19, 1805; d. at Aix, September, 1862
Henrion, MATHIEU-RICHARD-AUGUSTE, Baron, French magistrate, historian, and journalist; b. at Metz, June 19, 1805; d. at Aix, September, 1862. After completing his studies in law, he became a member of the Paris Bar as avocat a la cour royale. Under the July Monarchy he was made assistant librarian at the Bibliotheque Mazarine; Napoleon III appointed him counsellor at the court of appeals of La Guadeloupe, whence he was transferred in the same capacity to the court of Aix, a position which he occupied until his death. An untiring writer, he contributed for the greater part of his life to Catholic and royalist periodicals—first to the “Drapeau Blanc”, then the “Journal de l’Instruction Publique”, and to others of lesser importance. Finally, in 1840, he assumed the editorship of “L’Ami de la Religion“, which passed in 1848 under the control of Abbe Dupanloup. Besides his numerous articles in periodicals, Henrion wrote many books which breathe all the fervor of his Catholic and royalist convictions, and reveal close observation and extensive learning. They are, however, not sufficiently critical nor are they always remarkable for justice and impartiality, since the baron belonged to the generation of fiery French Ultramontanes of the middle of the nineteenth century, and his judgments are too often biased by his religious and political affiliations. His principal works are: “Histoire des ordres religieux” (Paris, 1831); “Tableau des congregations religieuses formees en France depths le XVIIe siecle” (Paris, 1831); “Histoire de la papaute” (Paris, 1832); “Histoire generale de l’Eglise pendant les XVIIIe et XIXe siecles” (Paris, 1836); “Histoire litteraire de la France au moyen-age” (Paris, 1837); “Vie et travaux apostoliques de M. de Quelen, archeveque de Paris” (Paris, 1840); “Histoire generale de l’Eglise” (Paris, 1843-); “Vie de M. Frayssinous” (Paris, 1844); “Vie du Pere Loriquet” (Paris, 1845).
JOHN A. NAINFA