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Abbé Sieyès

1748 CE – 1836 CE

Emanuel Joseph Sieyès (March 3, 1748 – June 20, 1836) was a Catholic clergyman and a towering figure in the French Revolution. Known throughout his life as Abbé Sieyès, he was born in Fréjus in 1748, and received his education from the Jesuits in that town. He studied theology early on, and by the time the first movements of the French Revolution could be felt, Sieyès had been appointed to the post of Vicar General of the Bishop of Chartes.     

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