Charles Henri SANSON

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FrenchBorn Charles Henri SANSON

French executioner

Born on February 15, 1739 in Paris , France

Died on July 4, 1806 in Paris , France

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Charles-Henri Sanson was the fourth in a six-generation family dynasty of executioners. His great-grandfather, a soldier in the French royal army named Charles Sanson (1658–1695) of Abbeville, was appointed as Executioner of Paris in 1684. Upon his death in 1695, the Sanson patriarch passed the office to his son, also named Charles (1681- September 12, 1726). When this second Charles died, an official regency held the position until his young son, Charles John Baptiste Sanson (1719 - August 4, 1778), reached maturity. The third Sanson served all his life as High Executioner, and in his time fathered 16 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood. The eldest of his sons, Charles-Henri - known as "The Great Sanson" - apprenticed with his father for 20 years, and was sworn into the office on 26 December 1778.

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