Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
July 2007

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Jacques Duchesneau


Duchesneau, Jacques (fl. 1664­-1682), intendant of New France (1675­-82) was the son of Guillaume Duchesneau and Anne de La Lande. About 1664 he became commissary of Tours, and later a king's councillor, "trésorier de France et général des finances de la Touraine". On May 30, 1675, he was named intendant of New France. His commission invested him with the title of president of the Sovereign Council, an office which had hitherto been filled by the governor. This incurred the wrath of Frontenac, who was then governor, and endless disputes occurred be­tween governor and intendant on ques­tions of precedence. On May 9, 1682, Duchesneau was recalled. See R. Roy, "Les intendants de la Nouvelle France" (Trans. Roy. Soc. Can., 1903), and R. Roy, "Jacques Du Chesneau" (Bull. rech. hist., vol. ix).

Source: W. Stewart WALLACE, The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 242.



© 2007 Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College