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Edward Sorin

AKA Edward Frederick Sorin

Born: 6-Feb-1814
Birthplace: Ahuille, France
Died: 31-Oct-1893
Location of death: South Bend, IN
Cause of death: Illness
Remains: Buried, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Religion, Administrator

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder, University of Notre Dame

Edward Sorin was born and raised in France, the seventh of nine children born to a prosperous farming family. He entered the priesthood in 1838, and three years later he was one of several priests assigned to immigrate to America and establish a new mission and college. In 1842 Sorin's party arrived at the south bend of the St. Joseph River, where their first few students attended classes in an old farm house as Sorin and his men constructed the campus of the University of Notre Dame de Lac. In 1855 he oversaw the relocation of a Sisters of the Holy Cross college from Michigan to South Bend, where it became Saint Mary's College for women. In 1865 he established Ave Maria Press, which remains a leading Catholic publishing house, and in an utterly unorthodox move for the late 1860s, he installed a woman, Sister Angela Gilespie, as head of the publishing concern. In 1873 he traveled to Austin, Texas, and founded the academy that is now St. Edward's University.

Father: Julian Sorin de la Gaulterie (farmer)
Mother: Marie Anne Louise Gresland de la Margalerie

    High School: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Laval, France (1832)
    Theological: College of Précigné, Mans, France (1839)
    Administrator: Founder & President, University of Notre Dame (1842-65)
    Administrator: Founder, St. Edward's University (1873)

    Ordained by the Roman Catholic Church 27-May-1838
    Congregation of Holy Cross Superior General (1868-93)
    French Officer of Public Instruction (1888)
    Ave Maria Press Founder (1865)
    Naturalized US Citizen
    French Ancestry

Author of books:
Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac (1992, memoir)

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