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EARLY, John, clergyman, born in the County Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1814; died in Georgetown, D. C., in 1874. He came to the United States when eighteen years of age, and entered St. Mary's college, Emmettsburg, Maryland, as a student, finished his studies in Georgetown College, and in 1834 entered the Society of Jesus. He was ordained priest in 1844, and, after passing some time in Georgetown College as professor of belles-lettres, was sent to Philadelphia on his first mission, He was next appointed president of Worcester College, Massachusetts, where he remained several years. In 1852 he went to Baltimore and built the fine College and Church of St. Ignatius. Subsequently he was transferred to the presidency of Georgetown College. During the civil war he converted the College and its grounds into a hospital and camp for National soldiers, but without a day's interruption of the course of study.
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