He studied at the University of Strassburg, graduating 1867, then was a Protestant pastor at Dordrecht, 1869–1872; followed by Beauvais, 1872–1876, and St. Denis, 1877. He then became lecturer, then professor of church history at the newly opened Protestant Faculty of Theology in Paris in the buildings of the Collège Rollin.
He was fluent in English and maintained cordial links with the British & Foreign Unitarian Association, who on publication of his Des origines du christianisme unitaire chez les Anglais in 1881 commissioned an English translation. In June 1901, he received an honorary doctorate of Divinity from the University of Glasgow.
- Histoire de la liberté de conscience en France : Depuis l'Édit de Nantes jusqu'à Juillet, 1870.
- Des origines du christianisme unitaire chez les Anglais,, 1881.
- Early sources of English Unitarian Christianity, by Gaston Bonet-Maury. Revised by the author and translated by Edward Potter Hall. With a preface by James Martineau. London, British & Foreign Unitarian association, 1884.
- De l'unité morale des grands religions de la terre, 1894.
- Le Congrès des religions à Chicago en 1893, 1895
- Schaff bio
- "Glasgow University jubilee". The Times (36481). London. 14 June 1901. p. 10.
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