René Menard

Martyr, Jesuit missionary, born Paris, France, 1604; died Wisconsin, 1661. After completing his studies at Dieppe, he was assigned to the Huron missions in America. When the missions were destroyed, 1696, he was sent to the Cayugas in the Iroquois country of New York, where he received brutal treatment. In 1659 he set out with 300 Cayugas for the far west. He arrived at Lake Superior, 1660, and labored to establish a mission at Keweenaw, Michigan. While traveling to the Hurons on Noquet Island, at the mouth of the Menominee River, he was separated from his companion, a French blacksmith, and was murdered by a band of Sioux.

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