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Sorin, Edward (Frederick)

(1814–93) religious leader; born in Ahuillé, France. Ordained in 1838, he emigrated to Indiana as a missionary (1841), founded Notre Dame University (1844), and was its president (1844–65). In 1868 he became superior general of his congregation, the Holy Cross Fathers.
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It was founded by Father Edward Sorin, CSC, who was also the school's first president.
Marvin O'Connell, a professor of history emeritus at Notre Dame University, has made another substantial contribution to American church history with this biography of Edward Sorin. Based on archival materials of the Congregation of the Holy Cross and of Notre Dame, and on a copious use of secondary sources, Edward Sorin is the definitive biography of a major figure in the history of Catholicism and education in the nineteenth century.