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Jean Calas

1698 - 1762

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Jean Calas (1698 – 10 March 1762) was a merchant living in Toulouse, France, who was tried, tortured and executed for the murder of his son, despite his protestations of innocence. Calas was a Protestant in an officially Catholic society. Doubts about his guilt were raised by opponents of the Catholic Church and he was exonerated in 1764. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Calas has received more than 213,552 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Jean Calas is the 1,227th most popular religious figure (down from 1,078th in 2019), the 2,063rd most popular biography from France (down from 1,799th in 2019) and the 106th most popular French Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Jean Calas ranks 1,227 out of 2,238Before him are Maximianus of Ravenna, Angelo Amato, Victor Maurus, Hugh of Châteauneuf, Tola, and Ranuccio Farnese. After him are Lubomyr Husar, Pedro Arrupe, Andrew Avellino, Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Enoch, and Antipope Theodore.

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Among people born in 1698, Jean Calas ranks 12Before him are Ange-Jacques Gabriel, Pierre Bouguer, Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, Charles François de Cisternay du Fay, Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena, and Erik Pontoppidan. After him are Johann Jakob Bodmer, Pyotr Saltykov, Giacomo Ceruti, George Browne, Giambattista Lolli, and Henry Baker. Among people deceased in 1762, Jean Calas ranks 13Before him are Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, Emperor Momozono, Francesco Geminiani, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Princess Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, and Shah Waliullah Dehlawi. After him are Tobias Mayer, Stanisław Poniatowski, Dorothea Erxleben, Teimuraz II of Kakheti, Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, and Francesco Loredan.

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Among people born in France, Jean Calas ranks 2,063 out of 6,011Before him are Jacques Tourneur (1904), Jacques Cazotte (1719), Hugh of Châteauneuf (1053), Nicole-Reine Lepaute (1723), Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès (1812), and Pierre Hadot (1922). After him are Pierre Nora (1931), Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme (1540), Honoré V, Prince of Monaco (1778), Jean Chacornac (1823), Patricia Kaas (1966), and Margaret of Bourbon (1438).


Among religious figures born in France, Jean Calas ranks 106Before him are Benedict Joseph Labre (1748), Bérenger Saunière (1852), Urbain Grandier (1590), Abbo of Fleury (945), Aldegonde (639), and Hugh of Châteauneuf (1053). After him are Germanus of Auxerre (378), Maurice de Sully (1110), Ivo of Chartres (1040), Peter Nolasco (1180), André Vingt-Trois (1942), and Alfred Loisy (1857).