Jean-Baptiste-René Hertel de Rouville

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Jean-Baptiste-René Hertel de Rouville
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Member of the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada
In office
1824–1832
Member of the Legislative Council of Lower Canada
In office
1837–1838
Personal details
Born(1789-06-20)June 20, 1789
Montreal, Province of Quebec
DiedJanuary 3, 1859(1859-01-03) (aged 69)
Boucherville, Lower Canada
RelationsJean-Baptiste-Melchior Hertel de Rouville, father

Jean-Baptiste-René Hertel de Rouville (June 20, 1789 – January 3, 1859) was a seigneur and political figure in Lower Canada.

He was born in Montreal, the son of Jean-Baptiste-Melchior Hertel de Rouville. He became a lieutenant in the militia around 1807 and served as a captain in the Canadian Voltigeurs during the War of 1812. Hertel de Rouville fought at the Battle of Châteauguay. He became commander of Chambly battalion in 1816. In 1817, he inherited the seigneury of Rouville and part of Chambly after his father's death. He was elected to represent Bedford in the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada in 1824 and reelected in 1827. Hertel de Rouville signed a petition denouncing abuses by the government of Lord Dalhousie; this led to him being stripped of his rank in the militia in 1828. He was elected in the new riding of Rouville in 1830 and served until 1832, when he resigned due to ill health. He was named to the Legislative Council in August 1837 and served until the suspension of the constitution in March 1838 after the Lower Canada Rebellion. The parish priest of the region, Louis Nau, accused Hertel de Rouville of having supported rebel activity in the region. This led to him being treated with distrust by the authorities.

Hertel de Rouville became ill later in life and, after experiencing financial difficulties, sold off some of his properties. After the death of his wife in 1855, he is believed to have lived with a daughter at Beloeil. He died in Boucherville.

References[edit]

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  • "Jean-Baptiste-René Hertel de Rouville". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.

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