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DUHAMEL, Joseph Thomas, Canadian R. C. archbishop, born in Contrecoeur, County of Vercheres, Canada, 6 November 1841. He studied at the College of Ottawa, prepared for the priesthood under the direction of the Oblate Fathers, was ordained priest in 1863, and was immediately appointed cure of Buckingham. Here his administrative qualities attracted the notice of his superiors, and as the parish of St. Eugene was in need of a Church he was sent to build one. In 1869he accompanied his bishop to the Vatican council in the capacity of Theologian. In 1874 he was consecrated bishop devoted himself specially to the advancement of education in his diocese, developing and improving the College of Ottawa, invited the Jesuits to open establishments, and founded several Christian Brothers' schools. In 1878 he made his first visit to Rome as bishop, and in 1882 revisited it to make arrangements for the division of his diocese. In 1886 Bishop Duhamel was created first archbishop of Ottawa, In 1882 he was constituted a count of the Holy Roman empire, and he is also assistant at the pontifical throne, a knight grand cross of the order of the holy sepulcher, and an advocate of St. Peter's.
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