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DESHON, George, missionary, born in New London, Connecticut, 30 Jail., 1823. He was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1843, being classmate and roommate of General Grant. He had stood next to the head of his class, and after graduation was for some time instructor in mathematics and ethics. He reached the rank of captain in the army, but left it on his conversion to the Catholic faith in 1851. He studied theology in Cumberland, Maryland, and was ordained priest in 1855. Having joined the Redemptorist order, he was sent on several missions, and was very successful in making converts. He took a leading part in founding the congregation of St. Paul, of which he has since been, a member. He has superintended the erection of the Church of St. Paul, New York, which is the largest, save one, in the United States, attending to all the engineering work himself Father Deshon is the author of a" Guide for Catholic Young Women" (New York, 1860), which has had the most extensive circulation of any Catholic book ever published in this country.
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