April 6, 1842, Geneva, Switzerland.

January 19, 1924, Geneva, Switzerland.

Son of banker Jacques-Octave Chaponnière and Jeanne Susanne Aulanier, Francis earned his degree in theology in 1867. After ordination in 1867, he traveled to Paris, Germany, Italy, England and Scotland, before finally setting in Geneva in 1870. From 1870–79 he was privat-docent at the Faculty of Theology, where he taught New Testament. By 1880, he was writing the religious paper Semaine Religieuse de Genève, continuing until 1920. In 1909, the University of Geneva awarded him the degree of Doctor of Theology honoris causa.

Chaponnière was moderator of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), and a promoter of the National Evangelical Union. He also took a great interest in missions, chairing the Geneva Committee on the Paris Missionary Society and contributing to the founding of the National Evangelical Union in 1871.

Chaponniere’s works include:

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