Jean Louis Lefebvre De Cheverus
Jean Louis Lefebvre De Cheverus homestead tablet
Jean Louis Lefebvre De Cheverus was the first Bishop of Boston. He was Bishop from 1810 until 1823.
On the building at 110 Frankin Street is a tablet where his home was in the early 1800s.
Tablet TextText On the Tablet
On this site stood the residence of Jean Lefebvre DeCheverus First Roman Catholic Bishop of Boston Beloved by Protestant and Catholic AlikeBorn in France 1768 Made Bishop 1808 Recelled to France in 1823 Later made Cardinal Archbishop of Bordeaux where he died in 1836 "His thoughts were as a pyramid upheld on whose far top anget stood and smiled yet in his heart he was a child" This tablet places by the city of Boston 1925 This tablet restored by the George M. Henderson Foundation
Five Fun Facts
Interesting facts about Jean Louis Lefebvre De Cheverus
Born on January 28, 1768 in Meyaeene, France,
Exiled to England during the French Revolution and soon came to America in 1796 to do some missionary work.
He spent much of the time in Maine with Penobscot Indians (He managed to speak their language.)
In August 8, 1810, Pop Plus VII made Jean Louse Cheverus first bishop of Boston. (Official documents didn't arrive until November 1, 1810)
He was loved by everyone in New England, people would come from all over to listen to him speak.
He was a friend to President John Adams and a frequent advisor to the Massachusetts Legislature.
On September 26, 1823, he returned to France on a promise to his family. King Louis XVIII requested him to return because of Jean Louse Cheverus poor health.
Before leaving Boston, he donated all his possessions including several books that help start the Boston Athenaeum. (You can still see the collection today!)
While in France he became the Archbishop of Bordeau.
He died on July 19, 1836 in Bordeaux, France