Louvois, Francis Michael (1641-1691)

LOUVOIS, Francis Michael Letellier, marquis of, a French statesman, was born, in 1641, at Paris, and in 1666 became war minister to Louis XIV. ; the reversion of which office had been granted to him several years before. He died in 1691. Lou-vois was a great minister, but not a good man. He was indefatigable in performing the duties of his office, and his plans were characterized by genius; but he was imperious and envious, and his cruelties to the protestants, and the atrocious devastation of the Palatinate twice executed under his positive orders, have branded his name with infamy.
1. A General Biographical Dictionary, Comprising a Summary Account of the Most Distinguished Persons of All Ages, Nations and Professions, 1843, page 579.

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