Frossard Benjamin Sigismond

Frossard Benjamin Sigismond, a Protestant theologian, was born at Nyon, Canton Vaud, Switzerland, in 1754, and died, at Montauban, France, January 3, 1830. He finished his education at Geneva, and was a pastor in Lyons until the siege of that city in 1793. On the establishment of departmental schools (ecoles centrales) in France, under the decree of October 25, 1795, Frossard was made professor of morals in that of Clermont-Ferrand. In 1802 he was engaged in the compilation of the organic rules for the reformed worship, and in 1809 was charged with the organization of a faculty of theology at Montauban, of which he became dean. This deanery he lost in 1815, but retained the chair of morals and eloquence. We have from him La Cause des Esclaves negres et des habitants de la Guinee, etc. (Paris, 1788, 2 volumes, 8vo); a French translation of Hugh Blair's Sermons (Lyons, 1782, 3 volumes, 8vo); and of Wilberforce's Practical View, etc., under the title Le Christianisme des Gens du Monde, mis en opposition avec le veritable Christianisme (Montauban, 1821, 2 volumes, 8vo). — Haag, La France Protestante; Hoefer, Noev. Biogr. Generale, 18:949-50. (J.W.M.)

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