Portrait of François Félix De Terrier-santans, XVIII Century

Felix Bernard François TERRIER-SANTANS, Marquis of Santans 1734-1796 (mortar Speaker of the House of Investigations in Parlament de Besançon)

French School of the eighteenth century

Oil on Canvas, re-signed and dated on the back Measurements: Height 113 cm width X 94 cm
Dated: 1784 - eighteenth century
carved wooden frame and gilded laurel wreaths pediment. Original canvas

Felix Bernard François TERRIER-SANTANS:

Descended from a long line of parliamentarians Comtois François Felix Bernard Terrier was born in Besançon 30 January 1734. He has a law degree and registered in Besançon Bar in August 1753 advisor to Franche-Comte parliament in April 1759; President mortar Parliament of Franche-Comté in July 1760.
It is against the expulsion of the Jesuits from the kingdom in 1765. He wrote in January 1769 remonstrances to the king against the edict extending the perception of the second twentieth There between 1771 in Parliament Maupeou until its dissolution by Louis XVI in 1775. He is responsible, in 1773, to Paris to represent the interests of the Province and on 13 July 1779 approved the decision of Parliament who request the convocation of the States General of Franche-Comté, a decision rejected by the government. January 8, 1783, he was part of the delegation sent to Louis XVI to protest against the establishment of a new twentieth.
It is responsible, in December 1786 the Protestant report against the royal project of the chore conversion to a cash benefit. He represents the Parliament at the royal summons of 12 January 1787. The king ends his written speech with these words: "Go back to Besancon, I forbid you to go through Paris; I order you to be united in Besançon on 18th of this month, and I realize that my Parliament give me proof of his submission. " In January 1788 the Parliament refused to register several edicts in particular relating to non-Catholics, grain trade, the dead hand, administration of justice and the abolition of special courts.

He also protested against the exile of his colleagues in Paris. The edicts are stored force on 8 and 9 May and parliamentarians are exiles on their land. President Terrier retired to his castle Moncley until the fall of Brienne and the recall edict of 25 August 1788.
The Parliament relocates October 20, 1788. According to A. Estignard is a "short and sweet disgrace. " His son of 16 and 12 years who emigrated in 1790, the Marquis was arrested and imprisoned in Dijon and Besancon. Finally released, he died May 12, 1796 in Besançon.


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