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KELLER, Joseph Edward, clergyman, born in Kandel, Bavaria, in 1827; died in Rome, Italy, 4 February, 1886. He was brought by his parents to St. Louis when a child, and studied in the university of that city. He joined the Jesuit order in 1844, was ordained priest, and afterward was professor successively in the Jesuit colleges of Cincinnati, Flores-sant, Bardstown, and St. Louis. He was elected to represent his order at the convention that was held in Rome in 1868, and in 1869-'77 he was provincial of the Maryland province. He was made president of St. Louis university in 1877, and afterward of Woodstock seminary, Maryland He went to Rome in 1883 as delegate of the society, and was retained there as assistant to the Jesuit general for all the English-speaking peoples of the world. He was an ardent advocate of higher education, and founded in the University of St. Louis the post-graduate and scientific courses of studies. He held high rank as a linguist, and was the author of various publications, but never affixed his name to any, except "The Life and Acts of Leo XIII." (New York, 1885).
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