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Huguenots. The name of Huguenot was first given to the Protestants of France who favored the Reformation, but afterwards it was confined to the Calvinists, or followers of John Calvin, who was the morning-star of the Reformation in that country. Under his teaching the number of Protestants in France rapidly increased from 1528 to 1559, when the great synod held in May adopted Calvin's ideas of church government and discipline, as well as doctrine, in an embodied confession of faith. The H
nts took refuge in foreign lands.
In 1705 there was not a single organized congregation of Huguenots in all France.
Many came to America—some to South Carolina, some to New York, and a few to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
They formed excellent social elements wherever they settled, and many leading patriots in the Revolutionary War were descended from them.
Three of the presidents of the Continental Congress—Henry Laurens, John Jay, and Elias Boudinot—were of Huguenot pare