Dupont, Jacques Marie Antoine Celestin

Dupont, Jacques Marie Antoine Celestin a French prelate, was born at Iglesias, Sardinia, February 2, 1792, of a French family settled there. He studied first at Villa Franca, next in the seminary at Nice, and finally in that of St. Irenmeus, at Lyons, where he was ordained priest in 1814; became private secretary to cardinal Colonna d'Istria, devoted himself to the study of the law, and was received as doctor in utroque at the University of Turin, April 10, 1815. In 1821 he was appointed canon of Sens, in 1822 one of the vicars-general of the same diocese, in 1823 bishop in partibus of Samosata, and bishop of St. Die, May 9, 1830; was raised to the metropolitan see of Avignon, May 1, 1839; in 1841 he was transferred to the bishopric of Bourges, made cardinal in 1847, and died May 27, 1859. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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