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Cornelia Fay
James Kent STONE, educator, was born in Boston, MA, 10 November 1840; son of the Rev. John Seely (q.v.), and Mary (KENT) STONE, and grandson of Chancellor James KENT (q.v.). He was graduated from Harvard, A.B. [B.A.], 1861, A.M. [M.A.] 1863, meanwhile continuing his studies at the University of Göttingen and in Italy. He enlisted in the civil war, 2nd Massachusetts volunteers, but was obliged to retire from service on account of his severe injuries. He was assistant professor of Latin language and literature in Kenyon college, Ohio, 1862-63; professor of the same, 1863-67; and professor of mental and moral philosophy, and president of the college, 1867-68. He was married in 1863 to Cornelia [FAY], daughter of Harrison FAY of Boston, MA, by whom he had three children. He was elected president of Hobart College, Geneva, NY, in 1868, but resigned in 1869, soon after becoming a convert to the Roman Catholic faith and a member of the missionary society of St. Paul, the Apostle (Paulist Fathers), New York City. In 1876 he joined the Order of the Passion (in which he was known as Father Fidelis), filling various offices in Europe and the United States, and also establishing houses of his order in Chili and Argentine Republic, during his twelve years' residence in South America. He received the honorary degree of D.D. from Racine college, Wisconsin, in 1868, and is the author of The Invitation Heeded (1870).
20th Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume X
Posted 28 May 2000