He was born at Autun. A pupil of the great jurist Jacques Cujas at Bourges, he was an advocate at Dijon by 1569 and became councillor and then president of the parlement of Burgundy. He unsuccessfully opposed the massacre of St Bartholomew in his province. As councillor to Charles of Lorraine, Duke of Mayenne, he sought to reconcile him with King Henry IV of France.
After the victory of Fontaine-Française (1595), Henry took Jeannin into his council and in 1602 named him intendant of finances. He took part in the principal events of the reign, negotiated the Treaty of Lyon with Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, and the defensive alliance between France and the United Netherlands in 1608. As Superintendent of Finances under King Louis XIII, be tried to establish harmony between the king and the Queen Mother, Marie de' Medici.
- Berger de Xivrey, Lettres missives de Henri IV. (in the Collection inédité pour l'histoire de France), t. v. (1850)
- Pierre Saumaise, Eloge sur la vie de Pierre Janin (Dijon, 1623)
- Sainte-Beuve, Causeries du lundi, t. x. (May 1854)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Jeannin, Pierre". Encyclopædia Britannica. 15 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 298–299.