Rouillé, Antoine-Louis , comte de Jouy, 1689-1761

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Rouillé, Antoine-Louis , comte de Jouy, 1689-1761

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1689-1761

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French statesman and count of Jouy-en-Josas (Île-de-France), Antoine-Louis Rouillé was born in Paris on 7 June 1689 and served in multiple government posts before being appointment secretary of state for the navy in the 1740s and foreign secretary in 1754 under the rule of King Louis XV. In this role, Rouillé pusued a policy of attempting to avoid the escalation of conflict with the British in North America. Fort Rouillé on the southern shore of Lake Ontario (built in 1750 or 1751) is named in his honour. As foreign secretary, Rouillé was one of the French signatories of the first Treaty of Versailles in 1756. Rouillé was replaced as Foreign Secretary in June of 1757 and died in Neuilly in 1761.

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