Historian, antiquary, born Auray, Brittany, 1804; died Paris, France, 1886.
As a young Jesuit he was forced into exile by the French government and was ordained in Switzerland.
In 1842 he was one of those chosen to re-establish his order in Canada, where he remained till failing eyesight forced his return to France in 1862.
He designed Saint Patrick's Church, Montreal, and was the founder and architect of Saint Mary's College.
He is widely known for his services to Canadian historical literature; he edited the Jesuit Relations (1672-1679) and wrote lives of Champlain, Brebeuf, Chaumonot, Jogues, and Montcalm.
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