Richard, Gabriel

Richard, Gabriel

(1767–1832) Catholic missionary; born in Saintes, France. Ordained a Sulpician priest (1791), he emigrated to the U.S.A. during the French Revolution and did missionary work in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan; from 1798 he was based in Detroit. He founded several Catholic schools and in 1817 cofounded the University of Michigan in Detroit (which moved to Ann Arbor in 1837). He acquired a printing press (1808) with which he published a newspaper and various books, and he also imported textile machinery to promote industry. Imprisoned by the British in the War of 1812, he later became the first Catholic priest to serve as a delegate (before Michigan was a state) to the U.S. House of Representatives (1822). He died while ministering to victims of a cholera epidemic in Detroit.
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For the best part of the last 100 years, the letters and diary have remained in the keeping of one Swansea family, until a relative was given the opportunity to share the story of the Eustis brothers - Richard, Gabriel and Ivor - on the centenary of the ending of the The Great War.
"Richard, Gabriel and Ivor Eustis wrote home about a range of different issues as the war was being waged, keeping the family bonds strong during their absence.