Peter Urban Sartoris
Peter Urbanus Sartoris (alias Pierre-Urbain Sartoris in French or Urbain Sartoris) was a Swiss banker, born around 1767 in Geneva, who died in Paris November 30, 1833. He had offices in London and Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine as well.
The son of a Huguenot banker, Jean-Jacques Sartoris, and Anne Greffuhle (aunt of Jean-Henry-Louis Greffulhe), he used to live in Gloucester-Place close to Regent's Park, and married 1813 Esther Mathilde Tunno, daughter of the Scottish banker John Tunno (1746-1819). They had six children including a son, the British statesman Edward John Sartoris, and a daughter who later married Louis Victor Arthur des Acres de l'Aigle.
Shortly after 1818, he acted as first consul of the Swiss Confederacy in the United Kingdom, then was succeeded by Alexandre Prévost · . Prévost wrote of him : 'He [Urbain Sartoris] had both good fortune and ambition, or rather self-pride. Thanks to his diplomatic charge, he thought he could fling open the gates of high society for himself; yet no sooner had he passed the line he had been craving for, did he stop caring for a second-order office, which he openly declared to me, offering me to be introduced as his successor'.
During the French Restoration, Sartoris invested millions of francs in inland waterways, lived by then in his manor at Sceaux. He bought the estates of la Garenne de Colombes, which his inheritors sold by pieces around 1865.
- William Calverley Curteis, Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Ecclesiastical Courts at Doctors' Commons, Saunders and Benning, 1840, p. 910
- Compte général de l'administration des finances, Ministère de l'économie et des finances, 1838.
- Histoire des rues de La Garenne-Colombes, 2010, p. 10.
- Olivier Perroux, Tradition, vocation et progrès : les élites bourgeoises de Genève (1814-1914), p. 175.
- Geneva State Archives, Journal d'Alexandre Prévost, MS Fr. 4756, p. 26.
- Rapport au Roi sur la situation des canaux (1831).
- Histoire de la commune de La Garenne-Colombes