Hocart, James

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Leading figure in the French mission, born on 16 October 1812 in Guernsey into a Methodist family. He became a local preacher under the guidance of Jean de Quetteville and offered his services for the work in France. From 1845 to 1853 he was back in Guernsey because of problems with his health. In 1858, following the death of Charles Cook he became Superintendent of the mission. He was President fifteen times. In 1860 he established a Theological Institute in Lausanne and superintended it for twelve years. Moving to Paris, in 1874 he established a children's home with the help of his daughter. He died on 17 February 1899.