Louis Francois de Bausset, a French cardinal, born at Pondicherry in 1748, died in Paris, June 21, 1824. He was sent to France when young, educated at the seminary of St. Sulpice, took orders, and became bishop of Alais in 1784. In 1787 he was elected a deputy to the assembly of notables at Versailles, and subsequently to the states general. When this assembly undertook to alter the church establishment, Bausset was one of the signers of the protest presented by the clerical members. He afterward emigrated, but returned to Paris in 1792, when he was imprisoned. He was restored to liberty on the revolution of the 9th Thermidor. Having obtained all the manuscripts left by Fenelon, he wrote his biography (Histoire de Fenelon, 3 vols. 8vo, 1808-'9), which was received with marked favor. On the second return of the Bourbons he entered the chamber of peers, was admitted to the French academy in 1816, was created a cardinal in 1817, then commander in the order of the Holy Ghost, and minister of state. He also wrote L'Histoire de Bossuet (4 vols., 1814), and several historical memoirs.