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GONZALEZ, Jose Maria de Jesus, clergyman, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, 21 August, 1803; died in Santa Barbara, California, 3 November, 1875. He was a member of the order of St. Francis, and was sent to the San Jose mission, California, in 1832. In 1839 he was appointed vice-commissary and president of the mission. In 1846 he was made vicar-capitular of the two Californias, and in 1847 was nominated bishop. He was vicar-general from 1852 till 1858, and also guardian of the apostolical College of Zacatecas in 1855. He was appointed president of the College of Santa Barbara in 1858, and continued in that office till his death.
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