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ELDER, George A. M., educator, born in Hardin's Creek, Kentucky, in 1794 ; died in Bardstown, Kentucky, in 1838. He was sent to Mount St. Mary's College, Emmettsburg', in 1810, and afterward to the seminary of the Sulpitians, in Baltimore, where he finished his ecclesiastical studies. He was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in 1819, and commissioned by his superiors to found a College in Bardstown, Kentucky. Between the years 1820 and 1823 he erected the College of St. Joseph, which was at that time one of the largest and best appointed school structures in the west. He acted as president of this institution till his death. He was also one of the editors of the "Catholic Advocate," published in Bardstown, and author of a work entitled, "Letters to Brother Jonathan."
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