Jean Boutwell Paul, 68, former national president of the Daughters of Colonial Wars and th Twentieth Century Club, died Friday of cancer at her home in the Spring Valley section of Washington.

Mrs. Paul was also former head of the finance committee for the Washington-area Continental Dames Chapter of the Daugthers of the American Revolution. She also headed the finance committee for the DAR's, national organization, and was a regent of the Continental Dames Chapter.

In the late 1950s, Mrs. Paul served two terms as President of the Twentieth Century Club and was national President of the Daughters of Colonial Wars.

Mrs. paul was an active member of the Daughters of Founders & Patriots of America; the Society of Mayflower Descendants; Women Descendants of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company; the Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors and the National Associations of Parliamentarians.

Mrs. Paul was related to William Bradford, the colonial governor of Plymouth Colony who had been a passenger on the Mayflower.

Locally, Mrs. Paul was involved in many philanthrophic activities. She was a member of the Goodwill Industries Guild, the Red Cross and the Women's Board of George Washington University Hospital.

A graduate of Wellesley College, Mrs. Paul was born in Santa Barbara, Calif. She came to Washington after her marriage to Joseph Barnett Paul in 1931.

She was awarded the Army-Navy "E" for her work with the Red Cross Motor Corps and Blood Donor Services in Washington during World War II.

Mrs. Paul was director of the Altar Guild and treasurer of the Women's Guild and the development fund of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She was a member of The Washington Cathedral Association and Episcopal Church Women.

A member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Association for Preservation of Viriginia Antiquities, Mrs. paul was a strong advocate of preserving historic places, according to her relatives.

She is survived by her husband, of the home; a daughter, Elva Fisher, and two grandchildren, all of White Plains, N.Y.