Paul Rabaut

1718-1794. French Huguenot leader. Born into a Protestant family, he decided at the age of sixteen to accompany and help the itinerant preacher Jean Bétrine. The four years' experience thus gained served him well when he began in 1738 his work as a pastor and an opponent of repressive legislation. Except for a brief period in a seminary at Lausanne in 1740, he was associated with the church in Nîmes all his life. In 1756 he was voted president of the national synod of the Huguenot* Church, which at this period was in difficulties due to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.* Though encountering many problems both from the state and from his own church, he fought on and did much to rehabilitate the Protestants of France. With Antoine Court* he is to be regarded as of major importance in the history of eighteenth-century French Calvinism. One significant success in which he and his sons shared was the passing of the Edict of Toleration in 1787.