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Portrait of Rev. John Bapst (1815-1887), S.J., (Society of Jesus).
Father Bapst was a Jesuit Missionary who came to Maine in 1853. His first mission was Indian Island, Old Town serving the Native American community, primarily the Penobscots. He was tarred and feathered by the Know Nothing activists in Ellsworth on October 14, 1854 because he insisted that the Catholic students be allowed to read the Catholic bible in public school, rather than the Protestant Bible, which was part of the curriculum at that time.
He was brought to Bangor to recuperate from his injuries and later built St. John's Catholic Church on York Street. Father Bapst went on to become the first president of Boston College, serving in that capacity from 1863 to 1869.
About This Item
- Title: John Bapst, Bangor, ca. 1860
- Creation Date: circa 1860
- Subject Date: circa 1860
- Town: Bangor
- County: Penobscot
- State: ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Dimensions: 17.6 cm x 12.5 cm
- Object Type: Image
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100 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401
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LC Subject Headings
- Jesuits--United States--Maine
- Missionaries--United States--Maine
- American party--Maine--Ellsworth
- Catholic church--United States--Maine
- Tarring & feathering--Maine--Ellsworth
- Catholics--United States--Maine
- Bapst, John--Portrait photographs
- Jesuit Missionary
- Know Nothings
- Religious persecution
- Roman Catholic
- Society of Jesus
- Woodstock Letters
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