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Missouri Heritage: Early Bishop of St. Louis Did Much for Catholicism
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TitleMissouri Heritage: Early Bishop of St. Louis Did Much for Catholicism
AbstractBiographical article about Bishop Louis Guillaume Valentin Du Bourg (1766-1833), the first bishop of Saint Louis, Missouri, builder of the Saint Louis cathedral, began construction of what became Saint Louis University, founder of schools for both white and Indian children, and owner of the largest library west of the Mississippi River, mostly donated to the Saint Louis Library. Illustration and description of his life and career. He was born in Santo Domingo, then moving to and fleeing from France during the French Revolution to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1794, founding Catholic churches and other Catholic institutions there before moving to Saint Louis.
NotesLouis Guillaume Valentin Du Bourg probably contributed more than any other person in the early part of the last century toward building and expanding the Catholic faith in Saint Louis and the Missouri-Louisiana area. He once was a dinner guest of George Washington at Mount Vernon, was president of Georgetown College in the 1790s, and is generally considered "one of the greatest Roman Catholic prelates in the nation during the first half of the last century," dying in New Orleans.
SourceThe Kansas City Star
LocationVertical File: Saint Louis--History
Local SubjectDu Bourg, Louis G. V.
Item TypeNewspaper Article
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Item ID109662
CONTENTdm number23101
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