Vaudreuil, Pierre de Rigaud de
- Michael A. McDonnell
Vaudreuil, Pierre de Rigaud de (22 November 1698–04 August 1778), governor of French colonial Louisiana and last governor-general of New France, was born at Quebec, New France, the son of Philippe de Rigaud de Vaudreuil, marquis de Vaudreuil, also governor-general of New France, and Louise-Elisabeth de Joybert de Soulanges et de Marson. (His full name was Pierre de Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, and he was to become the marquis de Vaudreuil.) From a very early age, Vaudreuil benefited greatly from his noble Languedoc lineage, from his father’s position and reputation among the Canadian inhabitants, and from his mother’s many connections to the French court, all of which helped to ensure a solid military education and a steady ascent as an officer in the French colonial regulars, or ...