Etienne de Silhouette
See also: Silhouette
Etienne de Silhouette is a Politician French born the July 25th 1709 with Limoges where his/her Arnaud father of Silhouette, originating in Biarritz, was in station, and died the January 20th 1767 with Bry-sur-Marne.
He was chancellor of the house of Orleans, then General inspector of finances of Louis XV in 1759. It is him which invented the tax on the outward signes of wealth (Impôt on the doors and windows). He wanted to restore finances by taxing the richest privileged people and. Its enemies gave to his name to drawings the representative in some features, to thus evoke the state to which its measurements reduced those that they touched.
He also translated into French several works of Alexander Pope and William Warburton ( The Alliance between Church and State , 1736, translated under the title Dissertations on the Union of the Religion, Morals, and the Policy , 1742) as well as Baltasar Gracián.
He withdraws Court, the November 20th 1759 with Bry-sur-Marne where he had acquired a castle which he undertakes to make rebuild. With its death in 1767, work is completed by its nephew and heir, the farmer general Clément de Laage.
- Note of the committee of history of the ministry for the economy, finances and industry
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