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TARIEU DE LANAUDIERE, Charles (tah-ree-uh), Canadian statesman, born in Canada in 1744; died there in 1841. At the age of sixteen he took part in the battle of Saint Foye, as an officer in the regiment de la Sarre, and was severely wounded. He went to France with his regiment after the surrender of Montreal, visited the principal courts of Europe, and married shortly after his return to Canada. hi 1775 he held a command in the Canadian militia, and was taken prisoner by the Americans in a skirmish on the frontier, He was instrumental in saving General Carleton from capture when Benedict Arnold reached Montreal, escorting the English leader to Quebec at the head of three hundred Canadians. He was made aide-de-camp on Carleton's staff, and several years later master of the waters and forests. Tarieu made frequent journeys to Europe, the expenses of which impaired his fortune. When he returned to Canada in 1787 he endeavored to turn his influence with the Canadian government to account, in order to obtain a change in the system of seignorial tenures, and presented a petition to this effect in January, 1788. The result of the changes he asked for would enable the Canadian seigneurs to draw larger revenues from their fiefs by throwing them open to American and English settlers. The measure was opposed by most of the other great proprietors, and the agitation that then began was not settled until 1854, when the question of land-tenure in Canada received a definitive solution. In 1792 he was created a member of the legislative council, which post he held till his death, and in which his talents, combined with his influence over successive governors, gave him great power.
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