An influential lay figure
The Baron de Clausonne, magistrate and president of the Nîmes Tribunal, was a member of the Nîmes Consistory and Chairman of the Bible Society. His position was that of a very moderate liberal opposed to the notion of church division or of leaving the Church (in this respect he differed from Félix Pécaut). His faith was of the traditional trend and – an exception amongst the liberals – he was very much attached to the institution of synods where he sometimes voted with the evangelicals in an attempt to keep a balance.
As vice-Chairman of the 1872 synod, he suggested a compromise : that the proposed confession of faith be that of the synod (and therefore with the possibility of revision) and not that of the Church. The suggestion was rejected and a split could not be avoided. A man of great learning and very much respected, he was the perfect representative of those 19th century influential Protestant lay figures with a prominent public role.
Gustave Fornier de Clausonne (1797-1873)
LiberalismTheological liberalism was characterised by its extended freedom in doctrinal matters and by a new approach to the Bible resulting from the historical-critical methods of reading.
Henriette André-Walther (1807-1886)She was the daughter of Major General Count Frédéric-Henri Walther. She married Jean André, was the mother of Alfred André, and one of the prominent figures in French high society.
The Admiral Charles Baudin (1784-1854)Charles Baudin had an excellent career in the Navy. He was a protestant with a deep personal faith and became the first president of the Central Council of Reformed Churches.
Frédéric Engel-Dollfus (1818-1883)Frédéric Engel-Dollfus was a protestant and a textile industrialist concerned about conditions for the working class.
Philippe Aristide Denfert-Rochereau (1823-1878)
Georges Eugène Haussmann (1809-1891)Prefect of the Seine under the Second Empire.