La Rochefoucauld (Bayers), Francois Joseph De

La Rochefoucauld (Bayers), Francois Joseph de a French prelate, was born at Angouleme in 1735. He was bishop of Beauvais in 1772, and by this title peer of France, and was sent by the clergy of the bailiwick of Clermont, in Beauvais, to the States-General, which became the constituent assembly. He there defended the privileges of the clergy. Chabot having denounced him before the legislative assembly as taking part in an anti-revolutionary meeting, he fled with his brother the bishop of Saintes, to the house of their sister, the abbess of Soissons, and then started for Paris. They were arrested at Carmes, and assassinated at Paris, September 2, 1792. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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