Sanson, Henri

EXECUTIONER (FRANCE)
BORN 24 Dec 1767, Paris - DIED 18 Aug 1840, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 20)

Oldest son of chef executioner Charles Sanson, who executed Louis XVI. Together with his brother he assisted his father with the executions. His brother died after a fall from a scaffold and in April 1793 he succeeded his father. In October of that year he executed Marie-Antoinette, who asked his pardon after she stepped on his foot on her way to the scaffold. He was married to Marie-Louise Damidot.

Family
• Father: Sanson, Charles Henri

Images

The grave of the Sanson family at Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (18 May 2005)

 

Sources
• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
• Claude Augé (ed.), Larousse Universel en 2 volumes, Librarie Larousse, 1922


Saphir, Moritz Gottlieb

Published: 24 Mar 2018
Last update: 1 Jun 2020