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Etienne Dubuisson - William Feiner collection

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS50

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

Rev. Stephen Larigaudelle Dubuisson (b. Santo Domingo, 1786, d . France, 1863) and Rev. William Feiner (b. in Poland, date unknown, d. Georgetown,1829) both served as Rectors of Georgetown in the 1820s and made entries in one of the letterbooks in this collection. Because each left little else except the Georgetown administrative material, the collections are grouped. From Dubuisson there are three or four letters or sheets pertaining to students at Georgetown, and there are three bound notebooks, one on metaphysics, one a spiritual diary, and one a diary. In addition, the Letter book #1 in the Feiner section has entries in Dubuisson's hand. From Feiner there are five medium-size, unbound letterbooks which amount to an administrative record of Georgetown, 1825-1829, and which compare with part of the McElroy Papers from the previous decade (ca. 1809-1818).There is one folder of loose letters on related administrative topics from the same period.


  • 1818-1962
  • Majority of material found within 1818-1843

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Biographical Note

Stephen Dubuisson, SJ (born Etienne Dubuisson) (1786-1863) was born in Santo Domingo on October 21, 1786. He spent his youth in France at Marseilles and Nantes. For a time, Dubuisson served as a paymaster for a division in the French Army. On December 15, 1815, he entered the Society of Jesus, and he took his first vows at Georgetown College on December 26, 1817.

In 1820, Dubuisson focused on theology at Gonzaga College. He was ordained a priest at Georgetown College on August 7, 1821. While at Georgetown, Dubuisson witnessed the famous micacle cure of Mrs. Ann Mattingly.

On September 9, 1825, Dubuisson became president of Geogerown College, replacing Enoch Fenwick. After time first in Rome and then in St. Mary's County, Maryland, he became pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown. Later, he worked as pastor of Old St. Joseph's Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Stephen Dubuisson died in 1863.

[Source: "Woodstock Letters" volume 19 page 167].

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William Fenier, SJ (d. 1829), originally from Poland, served as rector and professor of moral theology at Georgetown College. He died at Georgetown College in 1829.

[Source: "Woodstock Letters" volume 33 page 5 and volume 38 page 351].


0.20 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger Slim Document Case)

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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository