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NUGENT, George, philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3 May, 1809" died in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 21 June, 1883. He was educated at Clermont academy, and removed with his father to Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, where he became a manufacturer. In 1832 he became a deacon in the Baptist church at Balligomingo, and he afterward officiated as such in Philadelphia and Germantown. In this capacity he was accustomed to visit the sick and the poor in their homes. This gave him the first idea of a home for such persons, and he was the founder of the Baptist home of Philadelphia, now a prosperous institution. After a successful business career he retired to Germantown and devoted his time to benevolent and charitable purposes, he was president of the Baptist home, treasurer of the Baptist historical society, and a member of the Baptist publication society and the Sunday-school union. He took great interest in the education of the young, and was a generous giver to churches and other religious societies. He was one of the founders of the 2d Baptist church of Germantown, and gave the greater part of the money to build the church edifice. His estate amounted to nearly half a million of dollars, and he gave by will nearly all of it to found a home for Baptist ministers, their widows, and members of Baptist and other evangelical churches. It has been chartered as "The George Nugent Home for Baptists," and is located at Germantown. Mr. Nugent wrote and published " The Baptist Home of Philadelphia its Origin and History" (Philadelphia, 1880).
NUNES, Leonardo (noo'-nes), Portuguese missionary, born in San Vicente de Beira in 1499" died on the coast of Brazil, 30 June, 1554. He was a Jesuit, went in his youth to Hispaniola, was employed for fifteen years in the missions of Central America, and, returning to Portugal, became director of a college of his order. When Thorne de Sousa obtained a grant of Brazil in 1549 he asked Manes to accompany him, and the latter, with several other Jesuits, established the first Brazilian mission, acquiring an influence among the Indians that greatly facilitated the progress of the Portuguese. Instead of adopting a cruel policy toward the Indians, he made them the allies and supporters of the settlers. In June, 1554, Nunes sailed for Lisbon to obtain more missionaries, but perished by shipwreck in a hurricane near the coast. He left a dictionary and a grammar of the Tupi dialect which exist in manuscript in Coimbra, and other works that were afterward lost according to Vasconcellos in his " Noticia do Brazil."
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