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Carrier Jean Baptiste

Carrier, Jean Baptiste (1756-1794), a French Republican and member of the National Convention. He was elected deputy in 1792, and was active in founding the revolutionary tribunal. He was a supporter of Robespierre, and was sent to Nantes to suppress a revolt. He here inaugurated the system of Noyades, or wholesale drowning, by which 16,000 persons are said to have perished. So great was the general indignation that he was recalled, and in 1794 was tried before the revolutionary tribunal, and guillotined.