Sieyès was a priest in the town of Chartres. He became one of the key leaders of the Revolution through his role as a radical writer and publisher, notably exemplified through his publication of What is the Third Estate? In its writing, he garnered support for the Revolution from all sections of the Third Estate, including much of the illiterate peasantry through the memorable phrasing of his pamphlet.
He was elected a deputy for the Third Estate for the Estates-General and helped draft the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. After the Revolution, he became a member of the Plain for the National Convention and was thus instrumental in propagating the downfall of Robespierre and other Jacobins, immediately prior to the Thermidorean Reaction.
Want to suggest an edit? Have some questions? General comments? Let us know how we can make this resource more useful to you.