Biard (or Biart) Pierre
Biard (Or Biart) Pierre a French missionary, was born at Grenoble in 1565. He entered the Jesuit order in 1580, and taught theology at Lyons for nine years. In 1608 he was deputed to preach the Gospel to the savages in Canada, and came thither in June, 1611. The following year he ascended the Kennebec River in Maine.
and performed missionary labor among the Indians of that section. Subsequently he went up the Penobscot River, where he also ingratiated himself in the favor of the natives. In an attack made by the English he was taken prisoner, and carried finally to England, He died at Avignon, Nov. 19, 1622, leaving an account of his labors. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Maine Historical Coll. 1, 325.