Anquetil, Louis, Pierre

Anquetil, Louis, Pierre, a French ecclesiastic and historian, was born in Paris, Jan. 21, 1723. He became director of the Academy at Rheims, and in 1757 published a history of that city. In 1759 he became prior of the Abbey de la Roe in Anjou, and soon after director of the College of Senliso In 1766 he obtained the curacy or priory of Chateau-Renard, near Montargis, which he exchanged at the commencement of the Revolution for the curacy of La Villette, in the neighborhood of Paris. During the Reign of Terror, he was imprisoned at Saint-Lazare. He became a member of the second class of the National Institute, and was soon after employed in the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He died Sept. 6, 1808. He left a number of historical works; but his style is not commendable, and he seems to lack the elements of a true historian. For a list of his works, see Biographie Universelle, s.v.

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