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REY, Anthony, clergyman, born in Lyons, France, 19 March, 1807; died near Ceralvo, Mexico, in 1846. He removed to Switzerland at an early age, and prepared himself for a commercial career, but afterward entered the Jesuit college of Fribourg, and united with the order in 1827. After his ordination he was appointed professor in the institution. In 1840 he was sent to the United States, became professor of metaphysics and ethics in Georgetown college, and was transferred to St. Joseph's church, Philadelphia, in 1843. In 1845 he was made assistant to the Jesuit provincial of Maryland, and also at the same time vice-president of Georgetown college and pastor of Trinity church in that place. He was appointed chaplain in the United States army in 1846, and served on the staff of General Zachary Taylor. When a part of the 1st Ohio regiment entered Monterey, he was always in the most exposed positions walking about with a small cross while the shells were bursting around him, and stopping wherever the wounded and dying needed his services. After the siege was over he remained with the army in the city, but devoted his spare time to the "ranchos" in the neighborhood, and was making, as he believed, successful efforts to reclaim the half-civilized rancheros. He set out to visit Matamoras, accompanied by a single servant, against the advice of the officers in Monterey, trusting to his clerical character and to the influence he thought he had acquired over the Mexicans. He reached Ceralvo in safety, and preached to a mixed audience of Americans and Mexicans. This was the last that was heard of him until his body was discovered, a few days afterward, pierced with lances. It was supposed that he was killed by a band under a guerilla leader named Canales.
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