Rev. William DuBourg (1766-1833) was a noted Roman Catholic priest who served as the third presidnent of Georgetown College and later as Bishop of New Orleans. Although he was born in Saint-Dominique, William was sent to live with his grandparents in France. He studied in Paris and Bordeaux.
DuBourg was ordained in 1790 in Paris. Soon, he fled the excesses of the French Revolution, journeying first to Spain and then to Baltimore in the United States. In America, he joined the Society of St. Sulpice. DuBourg was appointed the third president of Georgetown College by Bishop John Carroll. DuBourg created the first library at Georgetown College. DuBourg then established St. Mary's College and Seminary in Baltimore in 1799, and he encouraged Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in her work.
In time, DuBourg served the church in other positions. John Carroll named him apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas. He next became Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana, and he built a Cathedral in St. Louis. He also promoted evangelization to the Native Americans in the midwest and west. In 1826, he resigned as Bishop of Louisiana, and he returned to France, where King Charles X named him Bishop of Montauban.
Rev. William DuBourg died on December 12, 1833.
[Source: "Encyclopedia of American Catholic History" (Collegeville, MN, 1997), p. 462.