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DEMERS, Jerome (demars'), Canadian educator, born iu St. Nicholas, near Quebec. Canada, 1 August 1774; died in Quebec, 17 May 1853. He was educated at the seminary of Quebec, where he finished his classical course in 1795, and his theological course in 1798. On 24 August of the latter year he was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. He became director of the Seminary of Quebec on 10 August 1800, and was its superior in 1815'21, 1824'30, and 1836'42, following the rule of the seminary, which permits the same person to hold the office only six years in succession. Father Demers became vicar general in 1825. During his connection with the seminary, a period of over fifty years, he taught, successively or at the same time, physics, chemistry, astronomy, architecture, philosophy, and theology. He was distinguished as an orator, and had considerable influence, doing much to promote a taste for natural philosophy and the fine arts. He published "Institutiones Philosophicae" (Quebec, 1835), and left manuscript treatises on physics, astronomy, and architecture.
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