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NAGOT, Francis Charles, clergyman, born in Tours, France, 19 April. 1734; died in Baltimore, Maryland, 9 April, 1816. He studied in the Jesuit college of Tours, and afterward with the order of Robertins in Paris. He then entered the congregation of St. Sulpice, and taught theology in the seminary of Nantes, where he received the degree of doctor. He was for some time superior of the smaller seminary of St. Sulpice and director of the large seminary at Paris, where he established two new religious communities. In 1791 he was sent by the superior of his order to found a seminary in Baltimore. He took with him a colony of seven Sulpitians, and, reaching Baltimore on 10 July, purchased land and opened a seminary, but for several years there were few pupils. Nagot finally triumphed over all obstacles, and in 1799 succeeded in placing in a prosperous condition his two foundations, St. Mary's college and the Sulpitian seminary, of which he acted as superior. In 1806 he founded a college at Pigeon Hill, in Pennsylvania, but, as he was unable to give it his personal supervision, it did not succeed. Discouraged somewhat by this failure and weakened in health, he resigned his office of superior and devoted the remainder of his life to translating religious works from English into French, for the benefit of his countrymen in Baltimore. He also wrote some original works. His books include: "Recueil de conversions remarquables, nouvellement operees en quelques protestants" (Baltimore, 1791); "Doctrine de l'Ecriture sur les miracles" (1808): "La vie de M. Olier" (1813) and "Traite des fetes mobiles."
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